Definition of blowback
: an unforeseen and unwanted effect, result, or set of repercussions
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In 2015, the group allowed women to join, in part due to pressure from the school's administration, and was met with blowback from the alumni community.
Sutton wound up transferring to Appalachian State after Kansas State released him following the usual blowback when an athletic department holds an athlete hostage.
The request resulted in blowback from election officials in several states, who see the request as an effort to validate Trump's unsupported claim that millions of fraudulent votes were cast in the 2016 election.
Pre-existing has been an absolute non-starter for GOP leaders, who watched what happened in the House and learned an important lesson about the political blowback that came in waves after it was put on the table.
The other is whether this will have any blowback for reality shows more broadly.
When asked about the potential political blowback from Tuesday's China announcement, Joe Hinrichs, the company's executive vice president and president for global operations, declined to discuss what factored into the decision.
Audi AG’s big game spot promoting pay equity for women also drew blowback—some called it antimale propaganda while others said the auto maker, with an all-male board, was being hypocritical.
The blowback hamstrung the country’s participation in UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, which designates the reserves.
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