- antiaircraft fire, especially as experienced by the crews of combat airplanes at which the fire is directed.
- criticism; hostile reaction; abuse: Such an unpopular decision is bound to draw a lot of flak from the press.
Origin of flak
Examples from the Web for flak
It felt to me like a plane flying through the flak of an economy.F-111: Death-Dealing, Pop-Art Masterpiece
October 15, 2014
You fired off a tweet about ISIS recently that got you some flak.Bill Maher: 'Sorry J. Law, We're Going to Have to Look at Your Nipples…'
September 10, 2014
They looked younger now than when weighed down in camouflage, flak jackets and helmets.Shakeup In the Ukraine Rebel High Command
August 15, 2014
When NYC Prep premiered, it got a lot of flak for the sheer gall of its unreality.The Surreal Genius of Bravo’s Rich Kids Docudrama ‘NYC Prep’
April 23, 2014
He was bare armed under a protective jacket a jail official termed “a kind of flak jacket.”Ex-Cop’s Shooting of Texting Moviegoer Ends in Tragedy
January 15, 2014
Sim's ship had picked up a small piece of flak, but it had done no damage.
Stan laid over and made a sweep, ducking in and out of the flak.
Over the estuary of the Rhine River Stan met his first flak.
I'll take you right down on top of them, and nuts to their flak fire.Dave Dawson at Truk
Robert Sydney Bowen
There were flak towers, but they were too dangerous and we all flew around them.The Biography of a Rabbit
- anti-aircraft fire or artillery
- informal a great deal of adverse criticism
Word Origin and History for flak
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.