backlash backlash  /ˈbæ ˌklæʃ/


  1. (n) a movement back from an impact
  2. (n) an adverse reaction to some political or social occurrence
  3. (v) come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect


  • The backlash there will mount rather than diminish as the bombing continues and refugees flood across from Afghanistan.


  1. 5 Social Media Contests That Ended Horribly Wrong

    This week, EE faced a social media backlash after an error in competition guidelines meant that people received TicketMaster vouchers instead of weekend passed to Glastonbury. We take a look at some other social media competitions which didn’t go to plan.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Business Insider

  2. W.Va. backlash emerging over education standards

    W.Va. backlash emerging over education standards Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 7:18 am, Sunday, June 16, 2013 (AP) — West Virginia is sticking with new standards for math, reading and writing in public schools, but faces opposition fueled by the tea party movement ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. Parking Wars: There's a backlash brewing against West...

    There's a backlash brewing against West Hollywood's rising cost of parking, and it's coming from the city's own councilmembers. Last week they voted to raise the cost of parking permits, but not everyone was on board.. John D'Amico wrote in...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Curbed LA


  1. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. warned of "a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers," adding that "it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well."
    on Nov 10, 2009 By: George Casey Source: South Dakota Politics (blog)

  2. "It's just reality," McNabb said. "It's something that I've been a part of and other quarterbacks before and after me have been a part of. Did I expect any backlash? Yeah. Everything I say, I expect backlash from it."
    on Sep 19, 2007 By: Donovan McNabb Source: Forbes

  3. "If you push it, there will be more backlash," Ruth said. "This is now a political football. This is not about women's health in this country."
    on May 3, 2010 By: Nancy Ruth Source: Toronto Star

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