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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While the protection would be beneficial to patients, there has been formidable and effective pushback from insurers, hospitals and doctors. Jonel Aleccia, The Seattle Times, "State laws ban surprise medical bills. A Washington woman got one for $227,000 — and fought back.," 30 Mar. 2019 And there was pushback from the pious, who feared women sporting beachwear would infiltrate public spaces. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "Maldives, a Destination for the 1%, Chases the Backpacker Buck," 10 Feb. 2019 That's no easy task and there will inevitably be some pushback. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 2018 And when there has been pushback, Kapler has tackled it head-on. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies' Gabe Kapler has gone from punching bag to manager of the year candidate," 5 July 2018 Dockless bikes and electric scooters have become popular throughout San Diego, including Imperial Beach and National City, but there has been pushback. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Coronado to recycle impounded dockless bicycles," 4 July 2018 But there’s been significant pushback over the shape of this site. Jay Walljasper, WIRED, "The Bitter Battle to Turn an Old Factory Into a 21st Century 'Eco-Village'," 3 July 2018 Hopefully there’ll be a pushback in the larger liberal humanitarian Christian tradition. New York Times, "‘First Reformed’ Asks, Can God Forgive Us? Its Director Has an Answer," 20 June 2018 Shahid said there was pushback from the community, some with concerns about the development and others who equated Islam to terrorism. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "Muslim community finds place to celebrate Ramadan at Glendale Christian church," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of pushback

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pushback was in 1942

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an act or instance of returning to life

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