Definition of backlash in English:


Line breaks: back|lash
Pronunciation: /ˈbaklaʃ


  • 1 [in singular] A strong negative 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/response, counteraction, counterblast, comeback, recoil; retaliation, reprisal; repercussions, reverberations, fallout, backwash
  • 2 [mass noun] Recoil 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: typical gearbox backlash in these systems is 2°

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