Definition of blowback in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbləʊbak/


1A process in which gases expand or travel in a direction opposite to the usual one, especially through escape of pressure or delayed combustion.
Example sentences
  • The script for turning that into practical policies, T-shirts, soundbites and placards - open the books, close the camps, shut the pipeline, stop the blowback - more or less writes itself.
  • The evidence is so muddled and conflicted when it comes to the efficacy of coercive interrogation that I find it hard to justify these tactics at all, especially given the blowback from their use.
  • Once a translation is placed out there in the public domain, there are many people who can consult both the original and the translated works and the blowback can be significant when problems are uncovered.
2chiefly US The unintended adverse results of a political action or situation: this is the blowback from all those aggressive public health campaigns
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  • Nonetheless, there is also great potential for blowback from these policies.
  • I'm not sure the Administration can afford the political blowback from implementing the military commissions system.
  • One of my arguments against the invasion was the entirely predicatable blowback.

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