I'm looking for a single word (noun), rather informal, that would fit here:

The team is getting a lot of … for losing the last two matches`

  • Why? Bad press is so common it reads like one word. Jun 17 '16 at 12:50
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    Why is a valid word-request receiving a close vote? Jun 17 '16 at 13:02
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    Because one sentence does not a context make. It's also searchable in dictionaries such as MacMillan Jun 17 '16 at 13:17
  • Criticism
  • Opprobrium
  • Stick (informal, British)
  • yes, but to the original poster, bad press reads like one word, it is such a common combination. Criticism and opprobrium take longer to say, and most native speakers don't know what the latter means and it is not at all informal. Jun 17 '16 at 12:48
  • @colin - I like stick but is there anything more universal there (not only British)?
    – msciwoj
    Jun 17 '16 at 12:58
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    There's American "flack" (pestering criticism) though it's probably moribund slang by now. books.google.com/ngrams/… Jun 17 '16 at 13:03
  • I hear flak reasonably often. ("flak" being the more common spelling than "flack", at least here in the US - fun fact: it comes from the German "Fliegerabwehrkanone") "Getting flak" is common, but "taking flak" or "catching flak" are actually gaining in popularity.
    – stangdon
    Jun 17 '16 at 14:33

What about:


Defined as:

strong criticism.
"you must be strong enough to take the flak if things go wrong"


While I certainly agree with @Colin's answer of "Criticism" as perhaps the most common word to fit your sentence, you specifically asked for an answer that is "rather informal." For that case, I would use the word "crap." Note that this is extremely informal, bordering on the vulgar or offensive. It's something that would be said to your friends, but never to a broadcast audience or printed in a newspaper.

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    or shite or many things. Kind of hard to answer a question that gives only a sentence as context. Jun 17 '16 at 12:59
  • To, me, crap doesn't fit in that sentence.
    – Colin Fine
    Jun 19 '16 at 22:11

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