flaks

flak

[flak]
noun
1.
antiaircraft fire, especially as experienced by the crews of combat airplanes at which the fire is directed.
2.
criticism; hostile reaction; abuse: Such an unpopular decision is bound to draw a lot of flak from the press.
Also, flack.


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

flack, flak.
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flak or flack (flæk)
 
n
1.  anti-aircraft fire or artillery
2.  informal a great deal of adverse criticism
 
[C20: from German Fl(ieger)a(bwehr)k(anone), literally: aircraft defence gun]
 
flack or flack
 
n
 
[C20: from German Fl(ieger)a(bwehr)k(anone), literally: aircraft defence gun]

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flak
1938, from Ger. Flak, acronym for Fliegerabwehrkanone "airplane defense cannon." Sense of "anti-aircraft fire" is 1940; metaphoric sense of "criticism" is c.1963 in Amer.Eng.
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