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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Some argue that six (or more) bases could in fact be less optimal: Mutations might become too common and cells would have difficulty doing damage control. Quanta Magazine, "Is a Bigger Genetic Code Better? Get Ready to Find Out," 2 Jan. 2018 These incognito-style moves are, in Cahn’s opinion, designed as damage control to get back in buyers’ good graces. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "More Privacy Still Isn’t Privacy," 4 June 2019 Sensing the danger, the White House started damage control on Monday, although without showing signs of backpedaling. Anchorage Daily News, "Republican lawmakers discuss vote to block new Trump tariffs on Mexico," 4 June 2019 Nobel Watch 2019 continued on The Big Bang Theory this week as Amy and Sheldon were forced to do damage control following their outburst (well, Amy's) in front of laureates, peers, and imposters (Pemberton and Campbell, for those keeping track). Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 19 Apr. 2019 Since losing her show, Barr has been on damage control, first blaming the sleep drug ambien for her tweet. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Roseanne Barr reveals she has a new doctor, says she's 'doing better now'," 26 Aug. 2018 Hermione eventually storms out to do damage control as mayor, telling her husband and daughter that one day their mutual obsession with Archie Andrews will destroy them all. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 5: Can Archie Escape From a Teenage Fight Club?!," 15 Nov. 2018 The senior Trump staffer under the cloak of anonymity spends a wildly unflattering tale of a president supposedly unhinged from reality making impulsive decisions that supposedly blindside and frustrate top officials and perpetual damage control. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway reacts to anonymous 'resistance' NYT op-ed," 5 Sep. 2018 By contrast, the 91st Academy Awards have already been an unmitigated disaster for months, and four days out from the ceremony itself, the Academy is still doing damage control in the wake of its numerous misguided attempts to shake things up. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kevin Hart, the "Popular" Film & Cancelled Categories: A Complete Timeline of the 2019 Oscar Drama," 21 Feb. 2019

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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