[ ak-ak ]
/ ˈækˌæk /
noun Informal.(esp. during World War II)
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Origin of ack-ack
1935–40; for A.A. (abbreviation of a(nti)a(ircraft)) as said by British signalmen referring to sense 2
Words nearby ack-ack
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Example sentences from the Web for ack-ack
"The ack-ack will knock those planes out of the sky," one of the sailors said.The Lost Warship|Robert Moore Williams
That was a score for the Ack-Ack gunners and the ground boys.
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
/ (ˈækˌæk) /
- 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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