blowback definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
the unforeseen negative consequences of an action or decision
Origin: blow plush back (): in older sense of an explosion, expulsion of gas, and the like , as from a damaged gun or backfiring engine
blowback definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The backpressure in an internal-combustion engine or a boiler.
- Powder residue that is released upon automatic ejection of a spent cartridge or shell from a firearm.
- The effect caused by recirculation into the source country of disinformation previously planted abroad by that country's intelligence service in an effort to mislead the government of another country.