flak

noun \ ˈflak \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of flak

plural flak also flack
1 :antiaircraft guns
2 :the bursting shells fired from flak
3 or less commonly flack :criticism, opposition

Examples of flak in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of flak

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



FLAK Defined for English Language Learners

flak

noun

Definition of flak for English Language Learners

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

  • : harsh criticism



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