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Definition of blowback

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

Examples of blowback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Genzyme didn’t experience the blowback the rest of the industry had anticipated. Billy Kenber, STAT, 14 May 2022 Jones' 2015 academic conference Kimposium prompted unbridled online blowback and even death threats. Mj Corey,, 9 May 2022 Early organized blowback to the 1973 Roe decision was limited mostly to working-class Roman Catholics, who tended to vote for Democrats. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 5 May 2022 Kent said Fuentes briefly consulted with him on social media strategy, but the candidate disavowed Fuentes’ politics — a stance that brought blowback from the far right. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 When luxury fashion lined up social media posts to show solidarity with Black Lives Matters protests in 2020, more blowback followed. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 Apple Store employees have also faced company blowback in the face of organizing. Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2022 Their worry was that oligarchs like Mr. Usmanov had interests so deeply woven into the global economy that curtailing their businesses could trigger broader economic pain and legal blowback, said current and former Treasury officials. Justin Scheck, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 Legislative leaders in Utah said concerns about economic blowback and the NBA's withdrawal from Salt Lake City were premature and noted Texas and Florida hadn't faced boycotts. Sam Metz And Lindsay Whitehurst, ajc, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of blowback

1954, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2022

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“Blowback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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