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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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 What could have been simple damage control became one of his most significant speeches of all time. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline Of Your Love For Barack Obama," 16 Mar. 2017 Williams went into damage control – wiping down the gun, jumping into his pool, and getting a friend to dispose of his clothing. Jenice Armstrong, Philly.com, "A big rebound for ex-Sixers star Jayson Williams | Jenice Armstrong," 4 June 2018 More recently, the Navy has explored the use of exoskeletons for lifting heavy loads and enhancing shipboard firefighting/damage control operations. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "Russia and China's "Enhanced Human Operations" Terrify the Pentagon," 16 Dec. 2015 Zuckerberg met with prominent right-wing leaders at the company’s headquarters in an attempt at damage control. Barbara Ortutay, USA TODAY, "Facebook to cut 'trending' news section, source of conservative backlash," 1 June 2018 And now, more than ever, students don’t need a campus-wide email that makes a poor attempt at damage control. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Syracuse University newspaper: School has ‘toxic Greek environment’ as new fraternity scandal erupts," 19 Apr. 2018 Melania dropped by the detention center for damage control. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Dear Melania Trump: Please Stop Trying to Be the Moral Compass for the White House—You’re Trash, Too," 21 June 2018 What’s the difference between a healthy ionic hair dryer and a damage control hair dryer? Beverly Beckham, BostonGlobe.com, "Google it? But I don’t want to," 18 May 2018

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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