flak








noun

  1. antiaircraft fire, especially as experienced by the crews of combat airplanes at which the fire is directed.
  2. criticism; hostile reaction; abuse: Such an unpopular decision is bound to draw a lot of flak from the press.

noun

  1. anti-aircraft fire or artillery
  2. informal a great deal of adverse criticism
n.

1938, from German Flak, condensed from Fliegerabwehrkanone, literally “pilot warding-off cannon.” Sense of “anti-aircraft fire” is 1940; metaphoric sense of “criticism” is c.1963 in American English.

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