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back·lash

 (băk′lăsh′)
n.
1. A sudden or violent backward whipping motion.
2. An antagonistic reaction to a trend, development, or event: "As the backlash against divorce progressed, state legislatures ... called for a rollback of no-fault divorce laws and even for premarital waiting periods" (Walter Kirn).
3. A snarl formed in the part of a fishing line that is wound around the reel.
4. The play resulting from loose connections between gears or other mechanical elements.

back′lash′ v.

backlash

(ˈbækˌlæʃ)
n
1. (Mechanical Engineering) a reaction or recoil between interacting worn or badly fitting parts in a mechanism
2. (Mechanical Engineering) the play between parts
3. (Sociology) a sudden and adverse reaction, esp to a political or social development: a public backlash against the government is inevitable.

back•lash

(ˈbækˌlæʃ)

n.
1. a sudden, forceful backward movement; recoil.
2. a strong negative reaction, as to some social or political change: a backlash by voters.
3.
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. a snarled line on the reel of a casting fisherman.
[1805–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.backlash - a movement back from an impactbacklash - a movement back from an impact  
motion, movement - a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
bouncing, bounce - rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)
resiliency, resilience - an occurrence of rebounding or springing back
carom, ricochet - a glancing rebound
2.backlash - an adverse reaction to some political or social occurrence; "there was a backlash of intolerance"
reaction - doing something in opposition to another way of doing it that you don't like; "his style of painting was a reaction against cubism"
white backlash, whitelash - backlash by white racists against black civil rights advances
Verb1.backlash - come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effectbacklash - come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"
hap, happen, occur, come about, take place, go on, pass off, fall out, pass - come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

backlash

Translations
klappitakapotkuvälysvastaisku

backlash

[ˈbæklæʃ] N (fig) → reacción f en contra (Pol) → reacción f violenta
the male backlashla violenta reacción masculinael contraataque de los hombres

backlash

[ˈbæklæʃ] n (= reaction) → réaction f violente
There will be a huge public backlash if the match is called off → Il va y avoir une réaction violente du public si le match est annulé.
The Government will face a backlash from unions → Le gouvernement devra faire face à une réaction violente des syndicats.
the anti-terrorist backlash following the attacks → la violente réaction antiterroriste à la suite des attaques
a backlash against sth → une réaction violente contre qch

backlash

[ˈbækˌlæʃ] n (fig) → reazione f (violenta)

backlash

n. contragolpe.
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While delivering a speech at the Imperial College London, governor Ignacio Visco said that the 'the negative perception of banking and finance should not lead to a blind backlash.
The backlash against the backlash against Richard lll has begun.
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