blow·​back | \ ˈblō-ˌbak \

Definition of blowback 

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

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Short-term, there may be some blowback, but ultimately the advances being made, perceived or real, are a high that both investors and tech-enthusiasts aren’t willing to give up. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Elon Musk can’t stop tweeting, but so far it doesn’t matter," 19 July 2018 Elsewhere, as Bird expands across the country — working with Uber’s former external policy shop, Tusk Ventures — part of its calculus includes the risks of regulatory blowback. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups," 30 Aug. 2018 What’s worse, people who come forward may face blowback from their universities, employers, social circles, and even their rapists. Kelly Gonsalves, Teen Vogue, "Lindsay Lohan Said #MeToo Makes Women “Look Weak”," 9 Aug. 2018 Hannity is feeling the blowback from the hiring of Shine. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Has Sean Hannity alienated Fox News management?," 11 July 2018 Rarely is there much blowback about their opinions. John Branch, New York Times, "Why the N.F.L. and the N.B.A. Are So Far Apart on Social Justice Stances," 22 June 2018 Baker says such blowback is the result of taking on problems no one else wants to attempt to solve. Erin Cox,, "In governor's race, Democrat Rushern Baker says he turned around Prince George's and will do same for Maryland," 17 May 2018 The blowback from many of the team’s fans will be fast and fierce. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Chief Wahoo logo is out, unless you want to buy a cap," 29 Jan. 2018 The other thing that happened is the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs got blowback from its decision to sell. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "When a million bucks ‘is nothing’: Bidding opens to try to save historic house," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of blowback

1968, in the meaning defined above

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