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noun

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.

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Origin of flak

1935–40; <German Fl(ieger)a(bwehr)k(anone) antiaircraft gun, equivalent to Flieger aircraft (literally, flyer) + Abwehr defense + Kanone gun, cannon
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British Dictionary definitions for flak

flak

flack

/ (flæk) /

noun

anti-aircraft fire or artillery
informal a great deal of adverse criticism
C20: from German Fl (ieger) a (bwehr) k (anone), literally: aircraft defence gun
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