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 That would leave the Trump administration to focus on damage control but skip the hard questions of how to deter Moscow from future attacks. New York Times, "Treasury Department’s Senior Leaders Were Targeted by Hacking," 21 Dec. 2020 Swift and effective damage control therefore is now of the essence, analysts say. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump ‘bromance’ broke Israel’s bipartisan rule. Will Netanyahu pay?," 20 Nov. 2020 At the state level, voters in several states did a lot better than mere damage control. Ryan Young, National Review, "Free-Market Victories down the Ballot," 5 Nov. 2020 Francis has long been known for speaking off-the-cuff, leaving his media handlers to do damage control. Washington Post, "Pope Francis documentary prompts questions about circumstance of civil unions comment," 22 Oct. 2020 Trump has repeatedly pushed a narrative that mail-in voting would cause trouble in the election, in an effort to undermine the democratic process this fall, and Twitter’s new policy seems to be one way of doing some damage control. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "Twitter Plans To Fact-Check Trump For The Rest Of The Election, So You Don’t Have To," 10 Sep. 2020 Their damage control did enough to keep them on par with previous recruiting classes, at least for now. Carter Karels, The Indianapolis Star, "Analyzing Notre Dame's top recruiting storylines," 10 Sep. 2020 By Tuesday afternoon, Tyra had attended to damage control. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "With college football not a guarantee, Louisville season ticket holders must weigh risks," 26 Aug. 2020 The release of her letters kicks Lara Jean into doing some serious damage control. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "52 Best Teen Movies You Can't Grow Up Without Watching," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of damage control

1943, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2021

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“Damage control.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damage%20control. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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