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

Examples of pushback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the prekindergarten proposal has faced relatively little pushback compared with other provisions of the spending bill. Ben Chapman, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2021 Pittsburgh’s vaccine mandate – which follows one in Allegheny County announced in September – faced immediate pushback, with the head of the police union pledging legal action. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 Some districts have faced pushback over critical race theory and mask and vaccine mandates. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Oct. 2021 Last month, the United Nations World Food Programme faced pushback from aid agencies for using eye scanning data to allocate food and supplies to Syrian refugees in Jordan. Fortune, 22 Oct. 2021 California has been working for years on developing a model ethnic studies curriculum, but early drafts faced heavy pushback from many quarters. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Oct. 2021 However, proposals for more regulatory oversight have faced industry pushback. Ana Santos Rutschman, The Conversation, 5 Oct. 2021 Police faced strong pushback from demonstrators who camped at the property for days. oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2021 Both Pfizer and the Israeli representatives faced pushback from panelists. Matthew Perrone, Lauran Neergaard, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2021

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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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25 Nov 2021

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“Pushback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pushback. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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