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flak

noun \ˈflak\

Simple Definition of flak

  • : exploding shells that are shot at enemy aircraft from guns on the ground

  • : harsh criticism

Full Definition of flak

plural flak also flack

  1. 1 :  antiaircraft guns

  2. 2 :  the bursting shells fired from flak

  3. 3 also flack :  criticism, opposition

Examples of flak

  1. He caught heavy flak for his decision to oppose the new school.

  2. He took a lot of flak from the other kids for his unusual appearance.



Variants of flak

also flack \ˈflak\

Origin of flak

German, from Fliegerabwehrkanonen, from Flieger flyer + Abwehr defense + Kanonen cannons


First Known Use: 1938



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