flak jacket

noun

: a jacket containing metal plates for protection against flak
broadly : a bulletproof vest

called also flak vest

Examples of flak jacket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a photograph shared by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director general, a member of the U.N. team in blue helmet and flak jacket scoops a small baby gently from a hospital bed. Hajar Harb, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Peled now has to wear a flak jacket to visit his own kibbutz. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 28 Oct. 2023 Another man in a flak jacket shot a rifle into the air. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2023 There is Penn wearing camouflage and a flak jacket, Penn in a nightclub, Penn rifling through a first aid kit, saying that the tourniquets are on top. Miriam Elder, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2023 They were given a list of necessities to rustle up — basically, everything except his flak jacket and helmet. Milana Mazaeva, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2023 The heavy booms elicited no reaction from Natalia Havrilenko, who was wearing a green camouflage flak jacket over a pink and blue puffer jacket. Michael Schwirtz Ivor Prickett, New York Times, 2 Mar. 2023 The early collection of historical artifacts collected by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History documenting the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 , includes a flak jacket worn by a journalist when she was attacked and signs with violent rhetoric. Maryalice Parks, ABC News, 5 Jan. 2022 In the nearby area of Sheikh Jarrah, a mostly Palestinian neighborhood where evictions of Palestinian families contributed to the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas conflict, an Al Jazeera journalist, wearing a press flak jacket, was arrested while covering clashes on Saturday, according to the network. Washington Post, 6 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flak jacket was in 1950

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“Flak jacket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flak%20jacket. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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