back·​wash | \ ˈbak-ˌwȯsh How to pronounce backwash (audio) , -ˌwäsh \

Definition of backwash

1 : a backward flow or movement (as of water or air) produced especially by a propelling force also : the fluid that is moving backward

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a general recession was the backwash of the crisis in the housing market
Recent Examples on the Web Now times have changed, and Chinese scientists at U.S. universities are trapped in the backwash. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "The Trump Administration Drove Him Back to China, Where He Invented a Fast Coronavirus Test," 18 Mar. 2020 This generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of green energy. Philip B. Russell, The Mercury News, "Opinion: If JFK were alive today, he would seek another giant leap for mankind," 19 July 2019 Phoenix Fire Department officials say the woman was treated for dizziness and nausea but suffered no other ill effects when the stretcher spun ever-faster in the backwash of the helicopter's rotor blades., "Watch: Helicopter rescue goes awry as 74-year-old hiker spins out of control underneath," 6 June 2019 This backwash can irritate the lining of your esophagus and cause symptoms like heartburn, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, feeling like there’s a lump in your throat, a chronic cough, laryngitis, and disrupted sleep. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Gastrointestinal Issues That Can Affect You During Pregnancy," 14 Dec. 2018 Much of this might seem the amusing backwash of a raucous democracy, but competing claims of patriotism are helping wedge America apart. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018 Behind these high water marks are remnants of backwash channels carved by the retreating water. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "There Were Mega-Tsunamis on Mars," 19 May 2016 This backwash is called acid reflux or even simply just reflux. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Causes of That Random Chest Pain," 26 Apr. 2018 That began to change in the backwash of Trump’s election. Bob Moser, New Republic, "How YouTube Became the Worldwide Leader in White Supremacy," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of backwash

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Backwash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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