Meaning of ‘Flack’ – English Slang

The Meaning of “Flack”

In this lesson, I’m going to talk about “giving someone flack,” or the word “flack” in slang. So, “flack” basically means an attack or heavy criticism on you because of something you did or said.

 

So, let’s say for example that I say something that’s not true. I make a comment about one of my colleagues and it’s untrue. So people find out that it’s untrue, and they get upset with me and they complain to me and they talk about me, they criticize me. Some people maybe even attack me, verbally. That would be flack. So they are giving me flack, or I could say, “I got a lot of flack because of that comment.”

 

This is a word that’s quite common to use now days. If you watch some talk shows, radio, or watch some podcast on YouTube, and such, people like to use this term “flack.”

 

So just remember, basically its criticism, or an attack against you, or against a person because of something that they did or said.

Let me give you a couple more example sentences:

 

“I’ll probably get a lot of flack for saying this, but I’ll say it anyway.”

“They gave him a lot of flack because of his comments about the president.”

“You need to tell the truth. Don’t worry if people give you flack about it.”

 

All right, so now you understand “flack,” and a few ways that we use it in modern English.

 

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