damage control

noun

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

Examples of damage control in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To do damage control, Lara and classmate Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) agree to fake being in love to disguise her feelings from Josh and make Peter's ex jealous. Andrew Walsh, EW.com, 4 June 2024 Nothing like a little postproduction damage control that calls attention to the moment instead of diverting it. Zoe Guy, Vulture, 12 Feb. 2024 The buzz these days is mostly about damage control, about how Arizona gets through this thing without too much getting messed up. Joanna Allhands, The Arizona Republic, 3 Jan. 2024 That is, in many ways, an exercise in damage control: U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal in 2018 has shortened the period of time Tehran would need to create a bomb and strengthened the hand of hardliners in Iran. Maria Fantappie, Foreign Affairs, 1 July 2022 See all Example Sentences for damage control 

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of damage control was in 1943

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“Damage control.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damage%20control. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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