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 Senators of both parties regularly take off their masks to speak on the Senate floor, a practice that’s received some pushback form Democrats. Andrew Demillo, Anchorage Daily News, "Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules," 21 Nov. 2020 In Phoenix, the highways arrived years later than other large cities and pushback by residents was strong. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, "Interstate highways displaced thousands in Phoenix. The consequences were long-lasting," 19 Nov. 2020 Newsom was met with fierce pushback over the dinner, where meals cost $350 a person according to a menu from 2018, including from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Photos surface of maskless Newsom breaking own coronavirus restrictions to attend swanky party," 18 Nov. 2020 Many are skeptical that leaders across the country will take serious new measures amid pushback. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "Worsening coronavirus crisis pushes leaders to take new measures," 15 Nov. 2020 There was widespread pushback and opprobrium on social media. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, "A Notre Dame celebration was reckless, but can it teach us about COVID-19 spread?," 14 Nov. 2020 The vote divided the board’s directors and sparked pushback from dozens of union leaders and district workers, who feared losing salaries in a recession and health care amid a global pandemic, during the three and a half hour special meeting. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Golden Gate Bridge district to lay off workers instead of raising tolls amid budget crisis," 13 Nov. 2020 The government’s recent expulsions of TikTok and many other Chinese technologies from the country have already shifted the market landscape and signaled a pushback to Beijing. Justin Sherman, Wired, "Rebuilding Trump’s Broken Global Tech Policy Won’t Be Easy," 11 Nov. 2020 In 2018, as New York City moved to sue Exxon Mobil and other fossil fuel companies, claiming that the companies had defrauded shareholders by downplaying climate change, a team within FTI’s StratCom group prepared a pushback. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, "How One Firm Drove Influence Campaigns Nationwide for Big Oil," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of pushback

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pushback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pushback. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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