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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An auditor who worked with ICBC says the bank was surprised by the blowback. The Economist, "After three Chinese banks are bailed out, are more at risk?," 4 Sep. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now The gathering under spitting evening skies risked blowback from the city’s embattled leaders, who have already warned of possible retribution against wayward administrators. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kong's Civil Servants Join a Widening Protest Movement," 2 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Charles says his other son, Josh -- a Democrat who runs a venture capital firm in New York City -- is feeling the blowback from peers who oppose the administration. Cristina Alesci, CNN, "Charles Kushner: 'I pushed Jared to do the deal' for 666 Fifth Ave.," 23 Apr. 2018 Angie Drobnic Holan, the editor of PolitiFact, told Fox News she was not concerned that the blowback would impair PolitiFact's appearance of impartiality. Fox News, "PolitiFact stands by AOC 'parking lot' fact-check after online mockery," 24 July 2019 Certain to be wary are moderates and lawmakers from districts that Trump won in 2016 who have long feared blowback for such a vote. Anchorage Daily News, "Congressman files articles of impeachment against Trump despite pushback from Democratic leaders," 17 July 2019 In announcing the cancellation, Netflix was met with considerable blowback for canceling the series while simultaneously appearing to praise itself for airing it in the first place. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "'One Day at a Time' Is Saved—Pop TV Rescues Canceled Netflix Sitcom for Season 4," 27 June 2019 In his first major initiative, Castro encountered more blowback from Congress. Bill Lambrecht,, "Julián Castro draws on HUD experience as 2020 candidates pitch affordable housing plans," 13 June 2019 In a 2018 study from the University of London and the University of Wisconsin, researchers found that women actually do ask for raises as often as men, but women are more likely to be refused or to suffer blowback for asking. Beth Dreher, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Gender Wage Gap?," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of blowback

1954, in the meaning defined above

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