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. – Alan Carmack Jun 17 '16 at 12:50
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    Why is a valid word-request receiving a close vote? – Tᴚoɯɐuo 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 – Alan Carmack Jun 17 '16 at 13:17
  • Criticism
  • Opprobrium
  • Stick (informal, British)
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  • 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. – Alan Carmack 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/… – Tᴚoɯɐuo 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"

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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. – Alan Carmack 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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