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
In the past, Abbas was reluctant to halt the payments, fearing a popular backlash.
More than a dozen schools boast the mascot, but none of the schools faced the same backlash as Vestavia Hills when the school rebranded its colors and logo.
Polls show the deal remains deeply unpopular in Miami, and the backlash grew with an under-performing team and promises of economic revival around the ballpark that has yet to arrive.
The backlash is confusing for Mr. Stalder, 50, who is married and polyamorous.
According to Cartoon Brew the backlash has left South Korean producers scrambling to save the English-language movie.
The comment sparked immediate backlash from both Republicans and Democrats, who said Conway crossed a line by advertising the president's daughter's product line.
His group was behind mobilizing that backlash, and said its members generated more than 1,600 phone calls to USAA within 48 hours.
Financial services firm USAA is facing a backlash to its decision to pull advertising from Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News Channel.
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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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