blowback

noun
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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Kristin Shi-Kupfer, director of research on public policy and society at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin, said that Turkey may suffer some short-term blowback from China. Eva Dou And Shan Li, WSJ, "China Pushes Back Against Turkey’s Criticism of Its Uighur Detentions," 11 Feb. 2019 The official acknowledged that since making the announcement on June 15, the department had received some blowback, with people calling or writing on its website to complain. Yonette Joseph, New York Times, "He Left Work for 3 Minutes Before His Lunch Break. Now His Pay Is Docked.," 22 June 2018 The city of San Diego will try to change that, though a ban on feedings seems unlikely given the potential blowback. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Why you shouldn't feed the homeless in parks," 28 Jan. 2018 While economists wince and farmers brace for blowback, the crowd cheered when tariffs were mentioned on Wednesday. Time, "President Trump Promotes 'Tough' Immigration Policies at Minnesota Rally After His Turnaround on Family Separation," 20 June 2018 Those who did were supported by a business community wary of the kind of economic blowback states like Indiana and North Carolina received for passing anti-gay legislation. NBC News, "Passage of adoption bill represents shift in Oklahoma," 7 May 2018 Those who did were supported by a business community wary of the kind of economic blowback states like Indiana and North Carolina received for passing anti-gay legislation. Washington Post, "Passage of adoption bill represents shift in Oklahoma," 5 May 2018 Not surprisingly, Amazon’s and Walmart’s efforts have created blowback. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Politics May Trip Up Amazon and Walmart in India," 10 Jan. 2019 While economists wince and farmers brace for blowback, the crowd cheered when tariffs were mentioned on Wednesday. Washington Post, "Trump defends his hard-line immigration policies to cheers," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of blowback

1968, in the meaning defined above

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