Dictionary

backlash

noun back·lash \ˈbak-ˌlash\

: a strong public reaction against something

Full Definition of BACKLASH

1
a :  a sudden violent backward movement or reaction
b :  the play between adjacent movable parts (as in a series of gears); also :  the jar caused by this when the parts are put into action
2
:  a snarl in that part of a fishing line wound on the reel
3
:  a strong adverse reaction (as to a recent political or social development)
back·lash·er noun

First Known Use of BACKLASH

1815

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: backlightPrevious Word in the Dictionary: backlandAll Words Near: backlash
April 25, 2015
lissome Hear it
nimble or easily flexed
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears