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 When the story does drop, the Waystar braintrust finds itself in damage control. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "‘Succession’ Recap, S2E6: Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish," 16 Sep. 2019 The next 11 holes are an exercise in damage control. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Tiger's Roar Comes Too Little, Too Late at Pebble Beach," 16 June 2019 With an election looming, Labour has tried to do damage control. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "The Labour party has angered some British Hindus over its views on Kashmir," 13 Nov. 2019 Few, if anyone, envisioned one of the most world’s most admired people forced into damage control mode, on the eve of one of the most anticipated NBA seasons in memory. Sean Gregory, Time, "How LeBron James Reignited the NBA-China Conflict Just Days Before Tipoff," 15 Oct. 2019 That memo wasn’t leaked to The Washington Post or The New York Times by the deep state; it was released by the White House itself in a baffling attempt at damage control. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Defense Is Not Ready for Prime Time," 30 Sep. 2019 YouGov Zomato went into damage control mode, restricting Gold membership, limiting the number of unlocks per day, and also users per table who could use the membership. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Back-to-back controversies leave Zomato’s brand image with a bad aftertaste," 12 Sep. 2019 Advanced damage control systems include telerobotic fire nozzles for putting out fires in select parts of the ship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the USS Zumwalt Destroyers," 5 Aug. 2019 For Facebook, that damage control strategy worked for much of its young life. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "As Facebook reels from 'catastrophic moment' in Cambridge Analytica crisis, Mark Zuckerberg is silent," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of damage control

1943, in the meaning defined above

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6 Dec 2019

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“Damage control.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damage%20control. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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