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

Definition of blowback

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Both Canada and the European Union have much more vaccine than much of the world, but their immunization campaigns are the source of significant anger and political blowback. Washington Post, "Here’s just how unequal the global coronavirus vaccine rollout has been," 22 Apr. 2021 But the escalating political blowback may make some of those relationships untenable, especially as lawmakers and investors step up pressure on Western companies to scrutinize their supply chains for evidence of human rights abuses. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "High fees and pricey cowboy boots: Why crypto spending isn't about to go mainstream," 4 Apr. 2021 An article outlining that people will still need to wear face masks after receiving the coronavirus vaccine is receiving blowback on social media. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Article saying people must wear masks after receiving vaccine slammed as 'perfect messaging' to discourage vaccinations," 22 Feb. 2021 How to do this in a way that is effective and doesn’t cause political blowback? Arkansas Online, "OPINION | HELAINE OLEN: A chance to reduce student-loan debt," 15 Nov. 2020 Twitter blocked the article only to later reverse its decision after receiving blowback from conservatives who suggested the move censored important information that could sway voters. Fortune, "Everything to know about the political food fight over Section 230," 19 Oct. 2020 Not long after, Parker decided to move the summit to the Trump hotel over the objection of some of the pastors, who worried about political blowback. Nicholas Confessore, Star Tribune, "The swamp that Trump built: How the president reinvented D.C.'s culture of favor-seeking," 10 Oct. 2020 This week, the killing of another Black man, Daunte Wright, by a Minnesota police officer has sparked both civic unrest and blowback from conservative groups. oregonlive, "White nationalist rallies fizzled last week so why are far-right groups celebrating?," 15 Apr. 2021 A day before, news of Biden's coming announcement prompted swift blowback from Republicans on Capitol Hill -- with some Democratic opposition, too. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, "Biden on Afghanistan withdrawal: 'It's time to end America's longest war'," 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of blowback

1954, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2021

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“Blowback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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