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NIMBY

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noun \ˈnim-bē\

Definition of NIMBY

  1. :  opposition to the locating of something considered undesirable (as a prison or incinerator) in one's neighborhood

NIMBYism

play \-ˌi-zəm\ noun


Origin and Etymology of nimby

not in my backyard


First Known Use: 1980


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