from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Antiaircraft artillery.
- n. The bursting shells fired from such artillery.
- n. Informal Excessive or abusive criticism.
- n. Informal Dissension; opposition.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Ground-based anti-aircraft guns firing explosive shells.
- n. Anti-aircraft shell fire.
- n. Adverse criticism.
- n. A public-relations spokesperson.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer
- n. artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes
- n. intense adverse criticism
German, from Fl(ieger)a(bwehr)k(anone), aircraft-defense gun.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
German acronym of Fliegerabwehrkanone ("aeroplane defence cannon"). First attested 1938 as “antiaircraft gun”, 1940 as “antiaircraft fire”. Sense of “adverse criticism” attested since 1963 in American English. (Wiktionary)