blow·​back | \ˈblō-ˌbak \

Definition of blowback 

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

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Big pharma companies are raising prices because their ROI stinks Beyond the obvious profit motive in a relatively laissez-faire industry, why are big drug makers like Pfizer so keen on hiking prices despite the risk of major public blowback? Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "3 Key Lessons From Trump's Drug Price Feud With Pfizer," 11 July 2018 This weekend, the president told Maria Bartiromo that, despite all of the public blowback he's gotten from our allies, his strategy is working. Fox News, "Ari Fleischer: Trump wanted a trade war, he's getting one," 3 July 2018 The blowback was such that several weeks after the ceremony the academy announced the formation of a task force to study conscious and unconscious biases behind the disparity between male and female nominees. Randy Lewis,, "Grammy Awards increase nominees in top four fields to eight in a bid to diversify," 26 June 2018 The blowback wouldn’t be just from Mexico but, perhaps even more so, from business interests north of the border. Michael Smolens,, "Tijuana sewage spills: generations of frustration," 18 Feb. 2018 Black got similar blowback in 2016, after his visit with Assad, someone the senator regards as a protector of Syrian Christians and a buffer against Islamic extremism. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Va. state senator who visited Assad defends Syrian president in General Assembly," 12 Apr. 2018 Social media companies such as Facebook, Reddit and Twitter are experiencing blowback from users as platforms face greater pressure to police their sites. David Pierson,, "Like many content creators, YouTube shooter had a grievance with the video site. No one expected it to turn violent," 5 Apr. 2018 The thinking is that the subsequent blowback will discourage Trump from doing so. Alex Shephard, New Republic, "The Mueller investigation is still in danger.," 26 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of blowback

1968, in the meaning defined above

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