Definition of Nimby in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɪmbi/

noun (plural Nimbys or Nimbies)

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.



Example sentences
  • 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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