backlash

noun
back·​lash | \ ˈbak-ˌlash How to pronounce backlash (audio) \

Definition of backlash

1a : 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)

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backlasher noun

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The good news is that there’s already a backlash from inside the party. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "New Jersey Democrats have a new gerrymandering plan. It is indefensible — and national Democrats need to stop it.," 14 Dec. 2018 The video would ultimately spark backlash from viewers accusing Logan of making light of suicide and mental health. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Chloe Bennet Tried to Warn Logan Paul About His Behavior Before the Aokigahara Forest Incident," 1 Nov. 2018 Such stepwise price increases were common until the escalating cost of drugs sparked fiery backlash from the public and lawmakers. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Trump gets Pfizer to delay latest drug price hikes until year end," 11 July 2018 The company’s outsized role has prompted a backlash from some virtual currency purists, who disdain anything that hints of a concentration of power in the crypto ecosystem. Fortune, "Crypto's 32-Year-Old Billionaire Mining King Jihan Wu Is Mulling IPO," 7 June 2018 Like Goop, Kourt's already facing a bit of a backlash online from people discouraged at the price tags associated with that lifestyle. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Kourtney Kardashian's Poosh Shows You How to Update Your Bathroom for Spring—for $5,700," 4 Apr. 2019 So the concept of presenting the baby hours after giving birth: That got a lot of backlash in April of last year with Kate. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Royals Expert Answers All Your Questions About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby," 2 Apr. 2019 Oculus is taking a different tack, perhaps a result of the backlash over the original Rift’s $600 price tag. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Hands-on: The $399 Oculus Rift S kicks off the next gen of PC-based VR by appealing to the masses," 20 Mar. 2019 Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose have reportedly dropped out of USC as a result of the backlash. Taysha Murtaugh, Woman's Day, "Lori Loughlin Allegedly Paid $500,000 in Bribes to Get Her Daughters Into College — Here's What We Know About the Girls," 15 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of backlash

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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backlash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of backlash

: a strong public reaction against something

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