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backlash - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'backlash' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Backlash [ n.]
- 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; also, the jarring or reflex motion caused in badly fitting machinery by irregularities in velocity or a reverse of motion.

Meaning of 'backlash' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . backlash [ n]
Meaning (1):
- an adverse reaction to some political or social occurrence
Example in sentence:
  • there was a backlash of intolerance
2 . backlash [ v]
Meaning (2):
- come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect
Example in sentence:
  • the political movie backlashed on the Democrats;
  • Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble