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.
- flack, flak
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How to use flak in a sentence
However, the truth is that Google isn’t taking flak because FLoC will reportedly insulate user data from advertisers, it’s because FLoC is Google’s closed ecosystem.Tips from the pros at SMX Create; Wednesday’s daily brief | George Nguyen | April 14, 2021 | Search Engine Land
The news raised some ire on social media Thursday and may generate some flak in certain corners of conservative culture, but it’s not actually controversial, said Neil Saunders, managing director of retail at GlobalData in New York.No more ‘Mr.’ Potato Head: Hasbro makes classic toy gender neutral | Taylor Telford | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
While Reed caught plenty of flak for his actions Saturday — in large part because of cheating accusations lodged against him in the past — McIlroy got the benefit of the doubt in the eyes of most observers.Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed situations now appear very different with new information from PGA Tour | Des Bieler | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Android gets a lot of flak for its inability to update every smartphone quickly, but that's based on smartphone standards.Google kills Android Things, its IoT OS, in January | Ron Amadeo | December 17, 2020 | Ars Technica
I think for all the flak social media takes, people are not talking about that enough, which is that it is empowering kids to be creative in a more direct way than it has ever before done.Finneas on Hitting It Big From His Childhood Bedroom | Sean Braswell | October 21, 2020 | Ozy
It felt to me like a plane flying through the flak of an economy.
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…' | Marlow Stern | September 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They looked younger now than when weighed down in camouflage, flak jackets and helmets.
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’ | Amy Zimmerman | April 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Michael Daly | January 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
High Command in England thought the Germans might have come up with a new weapon as no flak or enemy fighters were seen.
It was a tough mission because the flak was so heavy and the other defenses were greater because the factories were important.
As one of the boys in the bomber crew had been hit in the knee by flak, he had it all wrapped up in bloody cloths.
I'll take you right down on top of them, and nuts to their flak fire.Dave Dawson at Truk | Robert Sydney Bowen
Stan went straight toward the hill, flying low to keep out of the flak.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin | Al Avery
British Dictionary definitions for flak
anti-aircraft fire or artillery
informal a great deal of adverse criticism
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