push·​back | \ ˈpu̇sh-ˌbak How to pronounce pushback (audio) \

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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Police in Croatia — an EU member state that is still not part of the borderless EU travel zone — routinely face accusations of pushbacks and violence against migrants trying to come in from Bosnia. Washington Post, "Vigilantes in Slovenia patrol borders to keep out migrants," 17 Sep. 2019 Those thoughts just scratch the surface of the immediate pushback. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Devs restore Modern Warfare’s mini-map after two days of beta backlash," 16 Sep. 2019 Three years later, a cost analysis led to significant changes to the telescope, as well as a pushback on its construction date. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "In a Major Milestone, the James Webb Space Telescope Is Whole at Last," 29 Aug. 2019 But this example supports why the concept of the NFL’s total offensive revolution has been met with some pushback. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Why Kyle Shanahan Doesn’t Think the NFL’s Offensive Revolution Is that Revolutionary," 29 Aug. 2019 History lesson, Part II: Durkin’s pushback prompted a joint news release from Democrats Raoul and Pritzker. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Chicago police, Mayor Lightfoot and who’s ‘sorry’ now," 25 July 2019 The unlikely pairing underscores that, while gun manufacturers in the U.S. face mounting pushback for their role in a string of mass shootings, the makers of the ammunition that goes into those guns have largely escaped scrutiny. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "In epidemic of mass shootings, ammunition makers dodge blame," 12 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, Juul is facing lawsuits, investigations and general pushback from various agencies and lawmakers over its marketing practices to youth, unproven safety claims and other aspects of its business. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Juul CEO on Trump’s proposed ban: ‘Flavors today are problematic’," 11 Sep. 2019 Similarly, low-income housing plans in Maitland, DeBary, Orlando’s Conway area and Pine Hills have seen pushback in the past decade. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange task force takes on the stigma of affordable housing," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pushback

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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