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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Mattis’s empty seat would leave National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to offer more hawkish advice on North Korea, Iran, and other issues with minimal pushback from the Pentagon. Alex Ward, Vox, "From “Mad Dog” to “Democrat”: How Defense Secretary Mattis lost Trump," 15 Oct. 2018 But others, even those who vehemently oppose the administration's politics, do not agree with such aggressive pushback. Mary Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "The latest sign of political divide: shaming and shunning public officials," 24 June 2018 Both propose putting caps on the number dockless vehicles these companies can place on the road, and have been met with pushback by the startups. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As scooters and transit startups takeover, cities need to realize the value of the infrastructure they already control," 13 June 2018 The Iowa law is slated to go into effect on July 1, and will likely be faced with similar pushback. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Iowa’s Governor Just Signed the Nation’s Most Restrictive Abortion Bill," 4 May 2018 The idea was met with immediate pushback from host Brianna Keiler, who countered that the kids had taken action to solve the problem at hand. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Rick Santorum Suggests Kids Stop Marching, Start Taking CPR Classes," 25 Mar. 2018 Per Zaitz' report, Sheela attempted to turn Rancho Rajneesh into its very own city, but was met with intense pushback from the local government, environmental group, and even citizens intolerant of this new organization. refinery29.com, "The True Story Behind The "Sex Cult" In Netflix's Wild Wild Country," 20 Mar. 2018 The bill passed on a 12-1 vote, with little pushback on UCF’s claim to the title. Gray Rohrer, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF national champions specialty plate bill passes first House hurdle," 23 Jan. 2018 In the past, reforms of this scale have been met with intense pushback in Japan. Annabelle Timsit, The Atlantic, "Overhauling Japan's High-Stakes University-Admission System," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of pushback

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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