noun Informal. (esp. during World War II)
Origin of ack-ack
1935–40; for A.A. (abbreviation of a(nti) a(ircraft)) as said by British signalmen referring to sense 2
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Examples from the Web for ack-ack
Historical Examples of ack-ack
That was a score for the Ack-Ack gunners and the ground boys.
"The ack-ack will knock those planes out of the sky," one of the sailors said.
The Jerries were at it again and seemed to have slipped inside the balloons and the ring of Ack-Ack guns.
British Dictionary definitions for ack-ack
- anti-aircraft fire
- (as modifier)ack-ack guns
Word Origin for ack-ack
C20: British army World War I phonetic alphabet for AA, abbreviation of anti-aircraft
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Word Origin and History for ack-ack
1939, representing A.A., the military abbreviation for anti-aircraft (see ack).
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