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

Examples of damage control in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His recent statement is an attempt at damage control as public opinion continues to turn against him. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 12 Jan. 2022 World Population Review reports that inbreeding isn’t uncommon in more rural areas in the eastern part of the Bluegrass state. Fellow Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth was prompted to do damage control for the good people of Kentucky. al, 6 Dec. 2021 Izabella Teixeira, a former minister of the environment in a left-wing government, said the episode not only reflected the current administration’s incompetence, but also that its pledges at the summit were only meant to do damage control. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 Pro-Beijing candidates won on Sunday, but the government was doing damage control before the election. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 The Virginia native has worked as a naval architect, salvage engineer, damage control assistant and office of the deck during his time with the US Coast Guard. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 6 Dec. 2021 Lately, that task has felt more like damage control. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 Like an employer accused of wrongdoing, every response has the telltale markers of corporate damage control. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2021 Bill’s team asks Hillary, still in the throes of her hatband phase, to come to New Hampshire for damage control. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of damage control

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of damage control was in 1943

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22 Jan 2022

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“Damage control.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damage%20control. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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