blowback

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

Definition of blowback

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

Examples of blowback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is facing blowback from both parties for his comments about the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Cubans who lived through Castro's literacy program frustrated by Bernie Sanders' praise," 13 Mar. 2020 Ratcliffe, a prominent defender of the president during his House impeachment proceedings, also faced bipartisan blowback as lawmakers questioned his qualifications. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, "President Trump says he will nominate GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe as intelligence chief," 28 Feb. 2020 But the investigation adds pressure on a CEO who has already faced blowback from shareholders over his commitment to investment banking, as well as growing calls for the bank to wind down its financing of fossil fuel producers. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The coronavirus is still battering oil, copper and the euro," 13 Feb. 2020 In such cases the White House will face blowback from opponents at home and allies abroad. The Economist, "The art of the shadow deal Presidents have sometimes favoured back channels in foreign policy," 21 Nov. 2019 That has been the case for multiple Democratic contenders who have swung at Biden in personal terms, only to face blowback. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 11 Nov. 2019 And, more importantly, are these devices any better from a public health perspective than the vaping products facing blowback right now? Read on for the day's news. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Juul’s CEO Steps Down. But What Comes Next?: Brainstorm Health," 25 Sep. 2019 Constellation Brands will continue the marketing push for its new Corona Hard Seltzer despite the social media blowback, Corona's parent company told USA TODAY. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "‘Corona beer virus’ and ‘beer coronavirus’ searches increase as fears of outbreak spread," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of blowback

1954, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2020

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“Blowback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blowback. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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