Backlash is defined as a quick, strong backward movement.(noun)
A gun that snaps back when it is fired is an example of a backlash.
The definition of backlash is an intense or sudden reaction.(noun)
If the response of the public to the politicians' actions was to stage huge protests, then that would be an example of a backlash.
See backlash in Webster's New World College Dictionary
See backlash in American Heritage Dictionary 4
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