Definition of backlash
1a : a sudden violent backward movement or reactionb : 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)
Recent Examples of backlash from the Web
Public backlash to the news forced GOP leaders to cancel a Senate floor vote on the bill.
Both university administrations reported no backlash during the lengthy process of opening gender-inclusive housing.
Already, though, a few waves of acclaim and backlash seem inevitable.
Since facing backlash, Kendall and Kylie have responded by pulling the entire t-shirt collection from their site.
If the revolt against tax-and-Medicaid-cuts spreads, the backlash from conservatives who value precisely those features of the bill could be intense.
Some of the targeted measures already in the bill have prompted a backlash.
Jackson, who will not return to the show, also tearfully discussed his family’s response to the scandal and the backlash against him.
This isn’t the first time Montaño has dealt with this kind of backlash either.
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First Known Use of backlash
BACKLASH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of backlash for English Language Learners
: a strong public reaction against something
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