blow·back | \ ˈblō-ˌbak \

Definition of blowback 

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

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Last year Kellyanne Conway urged Fox viewers to buy products from Ivanka Trump amidst blowback from customers who were boycotting the brand. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Ivanka Trump’s Fashion Brand Will Not Be Impacted by Donald Trump's Chinese Trade Tariffs," 9 July 2018 The rule triggered tremendous blowback from maple syrup and honey producers, and, for different reasons, from the cranberry industry, including the Massachusetts agricultural giant Ocean Spray. Alex Gailey,, "A battle is happening over whether natural maple syrup has added sugar," 14 June 2018 Predictably enough, there’s been blowback, leading Arizona to suspend its testing program (as has Toyota). David Roberts, Vox, "Here’s how self-driving cars could catch on," 8 May 2018 That idea triggered immediate blowback from a broad alliance of energy companies, consumer groups and environmentalists. New York Times, "Trump Orders a Lifeline for Struggling Coal and Nuclear Plants," 1 June 2018 The milder than expected blowback for those who walked the plank emboldened additional Republicans to break ranks. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Why Virginia’s Medicaid expansion is a big deal," 31 May 2018 After blowback, the purge was called off within a couple months, several months before the election. Kevin Lewis,, "Electoral impacts of robot workers," 13 July 2018 This is the second year in a row that the Declaration of Independence brought surprise blowback on social media. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Facebook thought Declaration of Independence quotes were hate speech," 5 July 2018 But those changes didn't come without some blowback. Julia O'donoghue,, "Louisiana lawmakers introduced bills to chip away at criminal justice overhaul: Here's a list," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of blowback

1968, in the meaning defined above

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