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backlash

Syllabification: back·lash
Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌlaSH
 
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Definition of backlash in English:

noun

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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
adverse reaction, adverse response, counterblast, comeback, repercussion;
retaliation, reprisal
2Recoil arising between parts of a mechanism.
Example sentences
  • 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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