\ ˈflak How to pronounce flak (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
plural flak also flack

Definition of flak

1 : antiaircraft guns
2 : the bursting shells fired from flak
3 : criticism, opposition She has taken a good deal of flak for espousing that view.— E. J. Kahn, Jr. When I was a restaurant bar manager I sometimes found myself taking flak from my customers for our high prices …— Rob Hill

Examples of flak in a Sentence

He caught heavy flak for his decision to oppose the new school. He took a lot of flak from the other kids for his unusual appearance.
Recent Examples on the Web As Musk takes flak over his potential Twitter purchase, several liberal media organizations owned by billionaires don’t experience public pushback. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, 18 Apr. 2022 The team would not repay the debt for six years, and the interim Williams caught all kinds of flak. Steve Jbara, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Drag shows for children have exploded in popularity in recent years, sparking controversy around the country as some school districts have taken flak for hosting them. Jon Brown, Fox News, 16 May 2022 Tannehill also has taken some flak for not being with the Titans at the start of the offseason program last month. oregonlive, 3 May 2022 No Way Home, Cumberbatch’s Master of the Mystic Arts caught a lot of flak for defying Wong (Benedict Wong) and jumping at the chance to help Peter Parker (Tom Holland) cast a spell that would make people forget that Parker was ever Spider-Man. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2022 President Trump took political flak for his effort to keep the positive bilateral relationship with Ankara while paying for the Obama administration’s reckless bilateral policies. Ric Grenell And Andrew L. Peek, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2022 The band tends to get a lot of flak for Kiedis’ lyrics, a sometimes confounding stream of consciousness that would leave James Joyce scratching his head. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 31 Mar. 2022 Riley will rightly take some flak for misleading the media. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of flak

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flak

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

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6 Jul 2022

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“Flak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flak. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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