flack

US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/flæk/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(flak)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
flack1 /flæk/USA pronunciation   n. [Slang.]
  1. Slang Terms[countable] press agent.
  2. Slang Terms[uncountable] flak.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
flack1  (flak),USA pronunciation n. [Sometimes Disparaging.]
  1. Slang TermsSee  press agent. 
  2. Slang Termspublicity.

v.i. 
  1. Slang Termsto serve as a press agent or publicist:to flack for a new rock group.

v.t. 
  1. Slang Termsto promote;
    publicize:to flack a new record.
  • said to be after Gene Flack, a movie publicity agent 1935–40

flack2  (flak),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Militaryflak.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
flak or flack /flæk/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Militaryantiaircraft fire.
  2. strong criticism or opposition:The candidate took a lot of flak from the press.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
flak  (flak),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Militaryantiaircraft fire, esp. 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. 
  • German Fl(ieger)a(bwehr)k(anone) antiaircraft gun, equivalent. to Flieger aircraft (literally, flyer) + Abwehr defense + Kanone gun, cannon
  • 1935–40

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
flak, flack /flæk/ n
  1. anti-aircraft fire or artillery
  2. informal a great deal of adverse criticism
Etymology: 20th Century: from German Fl(ieger)a(bwehr)k(anone), literally: aircraft defence gun
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