noun (plural Nimbys or Nimbies)informal
A person who objects to the siting of something perceived as unpleasant or hazardous in their own neighbourhood, especially while raising no such objections to similar developments elsewhere: rural development arouses intense suspicion from Nimbys and conservationists
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- In response to these comments: it has become popular to label anyone who objects to a development as a Nimby.
- Is he bitter because they didn't get any money from the Nimbys' homes being built or are all the villagers Nimbys who live in the new developments?
- It is no answer to the problem for the Nimbys, already established in their ever-expanding residences, to propose that there should be no further development or increase in population density in Balmain.
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- What should I call politically motivated Nimbyism?
- The miners also accuse the anti-mining lobby of Nimbyism.
- Although these concerns are legitimate, they are easily dismissed as Nimbyism from people who care little about global warming.
1980s: acronym from not in my back yard.
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