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definition of the word backlash

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Back, adverb + lash.

Singular
backlash

Plural
backlashes

backlash (plural backlashes)

  1. A sudden backward motion.
  2. A reaction, objection or outcry, especially of a violent or abrupt nature.
    • The public backlash to the proposal was quick and insistent.
    • When someone has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, daily interactions on and offline may feel like traversing a minefield; you don’t know if where you’ll step next will have a mine, so people with varying forms of autism may not know if many of the things they’ll say next will cause an unforeseen backlash.
  3. (mechanical) 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.
  4. The jarring or reflex motion caused in badly fitting machinery by irregularities in velocity or a reverse of motion.

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