Definition of flak noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also flack) noun
    BrE BrE//flæk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//flæk//
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  1. 1guns on the ground that are shooting at enemy aircraft; bullets from these guns
  2. 2(informal) severe criticism He's taken a lot of flak for his left-wing views. She came in for a lot of flak from the press.
  3. Word Origin1930s: from German, abbreviation of Fliegerabwehrkanone, literally ‘aviator-defence gun’.
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