pushback

noun
push·back | \ˈpu̇sh-ˌbak \

Definition of pushback 

1 : the action of forcing an object backward

2 : resistance or opposition in response to a policy or regulation especially by those affected

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John Moore/Getty Images President Donald Trump’s policy of family separation at the border is not only receiving domestic condemnation, but also garnering strong international pushback. Alex Ward, Vox, "How the world is reacting to Trump’s family separation policy," 20 June 2018 One of President Trump's evangelical advisers is getting significant pushback for introducing the immigration status of Christ into the conversation of immigrant children separated from their parents by the Trump administration. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump allies keep using the Bible in the immigration debate," 12 July 2018 One week after its board voted to shutter coastal North County’s only inpatient mental health facility, Tri-City Medical Center is getting some pushback from local leaders who say the alternatives should be identified before the plan moves forward. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North County leaders say they fear impact of Tri-City psych unit closures," 4 July 2018 Herrington said the voters have already decided on Forever Wild, in both the 2012 referendum, and with strong public pushback against efforts to redirect Forever Wild funds toward other purposes, even toward state parks. Dennis Pillion, AL.com, "Forever Wild tax bill won't jeopardize program, sponsor says," 12 Feb. 2018 Now that conservatives firmly control the court’s direction, their rulings may prompt a similar pushback from liberals in the years to come. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "It's the Constitution, not Brett Kavanaugh liberals don't like, conservatives say," 11 July 2018 Lucero Saldaña, the English-language learners coordinator at KIPP Camino Academy, expected only some pushback at the state level. Krista Torralva And Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, "Some area schools already plunging into Mexican-American studies," 10 June 2018 But three bills expected to go to the Assembly floor this week have also drawn intense pushback from conservatives, including gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen, and a coalition of manufacturers and industry groups. latimes.com, "Today: A Plastic Purge, or the Last Straw?," 29 May 2018 Now that conservatives firmly control the court’s direction, their rulings may prompt a similar pushback from liberals in the years to come. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "It's the Constitution, not Brett Kavanaugh liberals don't like, conservatives say," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of pushback

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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