Definition of blowback
: an unforeseen and unwanted effect, result, or set of repercussions
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Within the administration, some senior officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have warned the president that the diplomatic blowback from leaving could be severe.
On Twitter, the blowback against her was immediate and excoriating.
The blowback didn’t stop Netflix from seeking to leave its mark on the festival with numerous events and parties.
Although little blowback has come their way in the liberal suburb of South Orange, N.J., Elissa Malespina said some of the online comments on news stories about the students’ actions have been vitriolic, often focusing on the parents.
Although little blowback has come their way in the liberal suburb of South Orange, New Jersey, Elissa Malespina said some of the online comments on news stories about the students' actions have been vitriolic, often focusing on the parents.
After blowback, the identity markers became optional once again.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil CEO, is advising that the diplomatic and economic blowback of global climate action moving forward absent any input from the U.S. could be serious.
On the other hand, such operations can have a blowback effect, as witnessed by the public reaction following revelations that the U.S. military had paid journalists to publish stories in the Iraqi press under their own names.
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