Backlash definition

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A quick, sharp recoil.
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An antagonistic reaction to a trend, development, or event.
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A snarl in a reeled fishing line, resulting from an imperfect cast.
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A sudden or violent backward whipping motion.
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Any sudden or violent reaction; specif., strong political or social reaction resulting from fear or resentment of a movement, candidate, etc.
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The definition of backlash is an intense or sudden reaction.

If the response of the public to the politicians' actions was to stage huge protests, then that would be an example of a backlash.

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Backlash is defined as a quick, strong backward movement.

A gun that snaps back when it is fired is an example of a backlash.

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The jarring reaction of loose or worn parts; also, the play in these parts.
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A sudden backward motion.
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A reaction, objection or outcry, especially of a violent or abrupt nature.

The public backlash to the proposal was quick and insistent.

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(mechanics) The distance through which one part of connected machinery, as a wheel, piston, or screw, can be moved without moving the connected parts, resulting from looseness in fitting or from wear.
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The jarring or reflex motion caused in badly fitting machinery by irregularities in velocity or a reverse of motion.
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To cause or set off a backlash.

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A snarl formed in the part of a fishing line that is wound around the reel.
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The play resulting from loose connections between gears or other mechanical elements.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
backlash
Plural:
backlashes

Origin of backlash