Definition of backlash in English:


Syllabification: back·lash
Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌlaSH


1 [in singular] A strong and adverse reaction by a large number of people, especially to a social or political development: a public backlash against racism
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  • Women have seen this development as a backlash against equality and democracy.
  • Today rogue animosity fuels a backlash against the development of the global economy and the spread of democracy.
  • They both maintained there would not be a political backlash against Labour in the next General Election.
adverse reaction, adverse response, counterblast, comeback, repercussion;
retaliation, reprisal
2Recoil arising between parts of a mechanism.
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  • The trigger pull is adjustable for distance as well as for pull weight and backlash.
2.1Degree of play between parts of a mechanism.

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