blow·​back | \ ˈblō-ˌbak How to pronounce blowback (audio) \

Definition of blowback

: an unforeseen and unwanted effect, result, or set of repercussions

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Unfortunately, Denver Parks and Recreation has gotten some blowback from residents, some of whom have left threatening voicemails. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Some geese have got to go — culling is the logical and humane response," 4 July 2019 The blowback to Nike's decision to pull Betsy Ross American flag sneakers didn't take long. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Arizona governor yanks state money for Nike plant after company pulls "Betsy Ross flag" sneakers," 3 July 2019 But their decisions on Huawei could produce political blowback from Beijing or Washington. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Trump Leaves Huawei’s South Korean Suppliers Hanging," 30 June 2019 While the notion that the Pentagon and the CIA once allied themselves with the Taliban or al-Qaeda is a popular but achronological myth, the blowback from Cold War support for Islamists is hard to dispute. Michael Rubin, National Review, "Turkey’s Africa Strategy Threatens to Breed Islamist Extremism," 26 June 2019 Even political blowback from the London poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal may have helped Vladimir Putin in this election. Jill Dougherty, CNN, "Vladimir Putin: From accidental president to defender of Fortress Russia," 19 Mar. 2018 Any public perception emerging from a White House confab that Trump bullied Peña Nieto — or that the Mexican president was submissive to his U.S. counterpart — could have substantial political blowback in Mexico during a presidential election year. Steve Padilla,, "Report: Testy phone call means Mexican president won't be visiting White House any time soon," 25 Feb. 2018 That version fizzled after receiving blowback from all sides. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Texans Cornyn, Cuellar can't get congressional colleagues to back their bipartisan immigration plan," 20 June 2019 Some Republicans are becoming restless with the topic, and Burr received considerable blowback from colleagues over the subpoena. NBC News, "Trump Jr. speaks to Senate Intel Committee, glad it's 'finally over'," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of blowback

1954, in the meaning defined above

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