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flak Syllabification: flak
(also flack)

Definition of flak in English:


1Antiaircraft fire.
Example sentences
  • Approximately 50 enemy aircraft were in the vicinity and the entire area was full of friendly flak.
  • We went down to St. Vith and when I looked down all I saw was fire, smoke, and flak going in all directions.
  • For the moment my main concern was not Luftwaffe fighters, lights or flak.
antiaircraft fire, shelling, gunfire;
bombardment, barrage, salvo, volley
1.1Strong criticism: you must be strong enough to take the flak if things go wrong
More example sentences
  • We conservatives often take a lot of flak for being overly critical of the liberal viewpoint.
  • And I just wanted to compliment Bill on speaking his mind, because I'm sure he gets a lot of flack and criticism for doing this.
  • One consequence is that ministers will have to take the flak, to accept that they will be blamed for faults, even when those are none of their making.


1930s: from German, abbreviation of Fliegerabwehrkanone, literally 'aircraft-defense gun'.

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