Flak



[flak] /flæk/

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.
/flæk/
noun
1.
anti-aircraft fire or artillery
2.
(informal) a great deal of adverse criticism
n.

1938, from German Flak, condensed from Fliegerabwehrkanone, literally “pilot warding-off cannon.” Sense of “anti-aircraft fire” is 1940; metaphoric sense of “criticism” is c.1963 in American English.

modifier

: The flack description is also worth quoting

noun

verb

: his publishers, who flack it into a best seller/ He’s not flakking for ulterior motives

[origin unknown; said to be fr the name of Gene Flack, a moving-picture publicity agent, and first used in the show-business paper Variety; probably influenced by flak]

noun

[fr German Fliegerabwehrkanonen, ”antiaircraft gun”]

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