1. (also flak-artist, flak merchant) a publicity man/woman, a press agent [parallel ety. suggests Gene Flack, a 1930s US film publicist].
|Oakland Trib. 25 Feb. 13/4: Whereupon Paramount elected to cash in on the publicity and the flack as Variety calls press agents, leaped to his typing machine.|
|On Broadway 23 Jan. [synd. col.] Variety which is trying to coin ‘flack’ as a synonym for press agent (without much luck) might like to know it was born in the Chicago offices of Gene Flack, a film publicist.|
|Gentleman Junkie 133: ‘Hey, flak-artist,’ Eddie Brioni stood up.‘Have Coolth’ in|
|Rockabilly (1963) 51: As a small-time DJ [...] he had experienced the dynamiting done by flak-merchants.|
|(con. 1940s) Admiral (1968) 349: He’s the smartest flack on the Strip.|
|Crack War (1991) 101: The police commissioner’s flacks were now telling reporters that Benjamin had probably loaned his car to someone.|
|Native Tongue 27: Being a newspaper reporter had left Joe Winder no time [...] Being a flak left him all the time in the world.|
|Big Ask 110: Time was, even a minor political flack could see himself as part of a larger project, something from which he could draw pride.|
2. interference, annoyance, problems.
|Joint (1972) 79: I’ve encountered a certain amount of flak and static from Sandy’s cell partner.letter 26 March in|
|Blood Brothers 21: Jump back! Don’t give him no flak!|
|Picture Palace 22: They gave me a lot of flak and wouldn’t let me leave town.|
|Chili 58: Her role was sufficiently sophisticated enough to allow to have a boyfriend [...] without any flack from the immediate community.|
|Scotland on Sun. mag. 7 Nov. 18: The women take the flak from both the law and the punters.|
|Source Aug. 147: There was really nobody to give me flack.|
|Good Girl Stripped Bare 138: ‘We won’t go through Jack,’ I say, fearing flack from the motorcycle enthusiasts.|
3. cheek, negative criticism, verbal attacks.
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 15: flack session – Big argument; plenty of lip service and heated tempers.|
|New Yorker 10 May 60: The city is taking a lot of flak because its own incinerators won’t be upgraded in time.|
|Dear ‘Herm’ 181: The flack is killing me!|
|New Girls (1982) 306: She’d get to feeling good, even, to [...] getting up as early as she liked without having to take any flak from Rowley.|
|Share House Blues 44: ‘Curtains not the right size, bed won’t fit into the room, china wrong pattern. Who gets all the flak? The delivery man’.|
|Campus Sl. Fall.|
|Monster (1994) 99: Should we get some flack for that later on, we could always claim ‘association.’.|
|Guardian G2 30 Jul. 13: A comedy reviewer who can’t take the flak he’s used to dishing out when he does his dismal turn.|
|Inside 39: Manolitto must have hoped that [...] I would take some of the flack.|
|Observer Screen 20 Feb. 9: The show drew predictable flak for crossing the taste barrier.|
|Viva La Madness 175: Jenna, Miguel’s sister [...] is taking flak.|
4. publicity material.
|How to Talk Dirty 84: All this degenerate flack he was throwing at my ears.|
a civil servant or similar figure in private industry whose task is to intercept complaints, queries etc. from the public, before such problems reach their superiors.
|Radical Chic 110: This man is the flak catcher. His job is to catch the flak for the No. 1 man.|
|Weekly World News 14 July 12: A public relations flak-catcher...said, ‘Dr. Ruth doesn’t give reactions to these kinds of things.’ [HDAS].|
|Guardian 16 Apr. [Internet] This leads one to wonder whether that might not be their real purpose – to serve as frontline flak-catchers; turning complaints into smiles rather than solicitors’ letters.|
|Sucked In 38: I nodded, sharing the old flak-catcher’s appreciation of life’s little quirks.|
(US) to receive criticism, to face verbal attacks.
|see flak catcher|
|Under A Hoodoo Moon 119: One thing that surprised me right off was the flak I caught from cats from home in New Orleans, guys I thought were my friends.|
|Oxygen 22 July [Internet] Moms can catch a lot of flack for any of the above – but, come on, when you think about it, don’t moms catch flack for most of their decisions? In many parenting choices, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 40: Nick found himself catching a lot more flack than he’d ever caught before.|