backlash

back•lash
[[t]ˈbækˌlæʃ[/t]] n.
1) cvb a sudden, forceful backward movement; recoil
2) soc a strong negative reaction, as to some social or political change:
a backlash by voters[/ex]
3) mac
a) the difference between the thickness of a gear tooth and the width of the space between teeth in the mating gear, designed to allow room for lubricants, expansion, etc
b) play or lost motion between loosely fitting machine parts
4) spo a snarled line on the reel of a casting fisherman
Etymology: 1805–15

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Backlash — Back lash (b[a^]k l[a^]sh ), n. [Back, adv. + lash.] 1. (Mech.) 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • backlash — index reaction (opposition), repercussion Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • backlash — 1815, of machinery, from BACK (Cf. back) (adj.) + LASH (Cf. lash). In metaphoric sense, it is attested from 1955 …   Etymology dictionary

  • backlash — [n] adverse reaction backfire, boomerang, counteraction, kickback, reaction, recoil, repercussion, resentment, resistance, response, retaliation, retroaction, tangle; concept 230 …   New thesaurus

  • backlash — ► NOUN 1) a strong and adverse reaction by a large number of people. 2) recoil or degree of play arising between parts of a mechanism …   English terms dictionary

  • backlash — [bak′lash΄] n. 1. a quick, sharp recoil 2. any sudden or violent reaction; specif., strong political or social reaction resulting from fear or resentment of a movement, candidate, etc. 3. a snarl in a reeled fishing line, resulting from an… …   English World dictionary

  • Backlash — Als Backlash (dt. „Gegenbewegung“) bezeichnet man oft in den USA gegen als fortschrittlich erachtete Entwicklungen gerichtete Bestrebungen oder auch die Rückkehr konservativer Wertvorstellungen, sowie die Einflussgewinnung von dahingehend… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • backlash — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ conservative ▪ a conservative backlash against the feminism of the 80s ▪ anti American, anti feminist, anti war, etc. ▪ political …   Collocations dictionary

  • backlash — back|lash [ˈbæklæʃ] n a strong negative reaction by a number of people against recent events, especially against political or social developments backlash against ▪ The 1970s saw the first backlash against the emerging women s movement. backlash… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Backlash — Back|lash 〈[ bæ̣klæʃ] m. 6; unz.〉 heftige Reaktion einer bestimmten Gruppe innerhalb der Gesellschaft gegen eine gesellschaftliche Entwicklung, einen politischen Trend o. Ä., von der meistens eine andere Gruppe profitiert, Rückwärtsbewegung ● der …   Universal-Lexikon

  • backlash — [[t]bæ̱klæʃ[/t]] N SING: usu with supp A backlash against a tendency or recent development in society or politics, is a sudden, strong reaction against it. ...the male backlash against feminism. ...a right wing backlash. Syn: revolt …   English dictionary

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