flak flak  /f ˈlæk/


  1. (n) a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer
  2. (n) intense adverse criticism
  3. (n) artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes


  1. She took a lot of flak for what she wore to meet the Queen.
  2. It was reported to me that he always wore his flak jacket and hard helmet, even when showering.
  3. However, Crist could catch some flak among Republicans for overlooking perhaps more experienced candidates.


  1. Angels' Peter Bourjos won't get in middle of controversy

    Peter Bourjos, fresh off the DL, returns to his usual position, center field, forcing Mike Trout back to left field. Manager Mike Scioscia has taken flak for that. BALTIMORE — Peter Bourjos didn't get caught up in the controversy surrounding Manager Mike Scioscia's decision to move Mike Trout from center field to left field when Bourjos, out since April 30 because of a left hamstring strain, was ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Africa in slow motion on two little wheels

    By Agnieszka Flak JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - It sounded like a shotgun: bang, bang, bang. The back wheel swirled in a slalom and my Vespa scooter came to an abrupt stop. Not even halfway through my two-wheeled trip across parts of Africa and the back tire burst. I steered away from the traffic that trailed behind me on this pothole-littered mountain pass, just as a truck gently nudged my back ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Airport Authority gets flak from county council over possible sale of Braden Airpark

    If you were looking to paraphrase the message Northampton County Council delivered Thursday night to the authority that manages Braden Airpark, it would go something like this: "Straighten up and fly right!" Council members, along with five members of the public, spent about an hour at an economic development committee meeting giving flak to the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority over a ...
    on June 7, 2013     Source: WFMZ Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey


  1. In an e-mail to ousted colleagues that was read out at the hearing, Cummins wrote: "The essence of his (Elston's) message was that they feel like they are taking unnecessary flak to avoid trashing each of us ...... but if they feel like any of us...
    on Mar 6, 2007 By: Bud Cummins Source: Washington Post

  2. Defending their decision not to wed, Brad said: "When someone asked why Angie and I don't get married, I replied, 'Maybe we'll get married when it's legal for everyone else.' I stand by that, although I took a lot of flak for saying it - hate mail...
    on Aug 6, 2009 By: Brad Pitt Source: The Sun

  3. Lampard told the News of the World: "The fans would have wanted to vent their frustration and we, as players, would have had to accept that. But we are professionals. We must always stand tall, hold our heads up, take the flak and walk through it....
    on Nov 18, 2007 By: Frank Lampard Source: Goal.com

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