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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What ensued was an ultra-secret period of damage control. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Derek Carr nearly quit football for preacher’s life before rookie season with Raiders," 3 Sep. 2019 Crisis public relations expert Scott Matter of New York City, though, a veteran of three GOP presidential campaigns and adviser to Fortune 500 corporations on damage control, called Bonnen’s handling of the mess inadequate. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "In agreeing to secret huddle, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen veers off state GOP’s script," 11 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the White House is doing some damage control after the President's trips to Ohio and Texas to visit communities mourning last weekend's mass shootings. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for August 9: Immigration, White House, highway shooting, Kashmir," 9 Aug. 2019 There’s also an element of PR damage control here for Xi. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The Quick Read About… President Xi Jinping’s Trip to North Korea," 20 June 2019 The government of the day quickly did damage control by broadcasting the vice president’s speech on All India Radio (AIR). Salman Khurshid, Quartz India, "Rumours, suspicions, fears: What Indian Muslims have battled since Independence," 26 July 2019 Protest leaders have refused to restart talks with military leaders, who have been in damage control mode following international criticism of the attacks. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "Activists were killed and women were raped. But some defiant Sudanese say their revolution isn't over yet," 20 June 2019 Following all this damage control, the future of the So Rich lipsticks — and Jaclyn Cosmetics — still remains in the air. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Jaclyn Hill Is Giving Every Person Who Bought Her Lipstick A Refund," 25 June 2019 His command, plus another one like it in San Diego, trains sailors going to sea in the techniques of shipboard damage control, which includes firefighting. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "Fire on the Flight Deck," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of damage control

1943, in the meaning defined above

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