The phrase "catch flak"

Aamir Tariq

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Is the phrase "catch flak from" only commonly used by Americans or is it also used in the UK?

It is like when you are harshly criticized by someone you catch the flak.
 
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probus

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In North America "catch flak" is pretty common, as are "take flak" and "get flak". As a guess I'd say that taking flak is the most used. Incidentally, regardless of which verb is chosen, the noun is very often misspelled as flack, especially by flacks.:-D
 

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BrE uses "take/get [some] flak", but not "catch flak".
 
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