blow·​back ˈblō-ˌbak How to pronounce blowback (audio)
: an unforeseen and unwanted effect, result, or set of repercussions

Examples of blowback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kramer asked Torres pointedly whether the apology was rooted in the blowback or an acknowledgment of the harm that was done. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 After blowback from investors, including Microsoft, OpenAI’s board seemed open to having Altman return to lead the company. Will Knight, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2023 The blowback over Elon Musk’s endorsement of an antisemitic conspiracy theory on X gathered steam on Friday, as several major advertisers on his social media platform cut off their spending after his comments. Tiffany Hsu, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2023 That proposal generated intense blowback from addiction treatment advocates and Democratic lawmakers, as well as provider groups like the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Lev Facher, STAT, 2 Nov. 2023 Likewise, Harvard’s new president faced serious blowback from several prominent faculty members, such as Larry Summers and Jason Furman, for her initial silence before finally releasing a strong statement days afterward. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2023 Although the blunders have drawn a lot of attention, many entertainers have found ways to speak out with minimal blowback. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2023 Lo and behold, when Genesis was caught in the FTX blowback in November 2022 and forced to file for bankruptcy two months later, Gemini Earn customers lost access to about $900 million of their money. WIRED, 19 Oct. 2023 But the intensity of the attacks carried a bit of unexpected blowback: The strikes helped galvanize Western partners to shore up Ukraine’s air defenses. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blowback was in 1954

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“Blowback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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