damage control


Definition of damage control

: measures taken to offset or minimize damage to reputation, credibility, or public image caused by a controversial act, remark, or revelation

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Digging in Washington’s playbook typically calls for swift damage control in the form of a clarifying statement. Anne Flaherty, The Seattle Times, "Trump embraced Putin, America groaned. What happens next?," 17 July 2018 Paul Bloch, who represented the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy while specializing in damage control during his five-plus decades as an esteemed Hollywood publicist, has died. Mike Barnes, Billboard, "Paul Bloch, Famed Publicist Adept at Putting Out Fires in Hollywood, Dies at 78," 26 May 2018 The surprise announcement was largely dismissed as a belated damage control effort by victims' advocates. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Pope Francis leads Vatican summit on abuse scandal, OKs probe of American bishop accused of sex harassment," 13 Sep. 2018 The section quickly sank, and only herculean damage control efforts saved the rest of the ship and crew. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Navy Wreckage from WWII Discovered Off Coast of Alaska," 17 Aug. 2018 That’s a step in the right direction, but a truly inclusive message wouldn't have swooped in with the might of a corporate entity seemingly trying to do damage control in the first place. Kelly Gonsalves, Teen Vogue, "Bert and Ernie from "Sesame Street" May Not Be Gay, But Why Are We So Quick to Clarify?," 19 Sep. 2018 Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a Republican, had to do damage control last year after a rumor spread on social media accusing Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones’s campaign of voter fraud in a special election. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "No, You Can’t Vote Via Text or Tweet," 11 Aug. 2018 The buyout option at the end of a car lease can be an attractive opportunity or a tool for damage control. Philip Reed, chicagotribune.com, "5 times it pays to buy your leased car," 24 Aug. 2017 May 2018 Starbucks swung into damage control after two African-American men were arrested in a store in Philadelphia in April while waiting for a business meeting to start. New York Times, "Howard Schultz at Starbucks: Coffee, Activism and Controversy," 4 June 2018

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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