backlash

noun back·lash \ ˈbak-ˌlash \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

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)

backlasher

noun

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First Known Use of backlash

1815

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Definition of backlash for English Language Learners

  • : a strong public reaction against something



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