get flak

get/take (the) flak

to receive strong criticism (often + from ) Channel 4 took the flak from angry viewers protesting about the show. (often + for ) She got a lot of flak for deserting her children.
See also: flak, get
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The manager gets flak, the players get flak - we know it's going to happen after losing 6-0 and 4-0 back-to-back.
Some of them get flak from teachers and friends for going to an "alternative" high school.