Definition of blowback in English:



  • 1A process in which gases expand or travel in a direction opposite to the usual one, especially through escape of pressure or delayed combustion.

    • ‘Adkins' answer came in the form of a gas retarded blowback system, which, of course, was another Browning patent.’
  • 2mainly US The unintended adverse results of a political action or situation.

    ‘this is the blowback from all those aggressive public health campaigns’
    • ‘Nonetheless, there is also great potential for blowback from these policies.’
    • ‘I'm not sure the Administration can afford the political blowback from implementing the military commissions system.’
    • ‘One of my arguments against the invasion was the entirely predicatable blowback.’
    • ‘More importantly, the Pentagon is worried about blowback from this device's first use.’
    • ‘The CIA's fears that there might ultimately be some blowback from its egregious interference in the affairs of Iran were well founded.’
    • ‘The US is facing "blowback," attack by those who were formerly allies.’
    • ‘With any blowback design, it's fairly common for the hammer spring to help slow down slide recoil.’
    • ‘A blowback of such cuts, is that states will receive still fewer Federal matching dollars.’
    • ‘The blowback from its failure in transport is pushing it towards an even greater folly in energy policy.’
    • ‘But short-term politics triumphed and we are now experience the blowback.’
    • ‘Then there is the risk of future blowback, a real economic cost and thus a form of taxation by blowback.’
    • ‘I don't think they were prepared for this kind of blowback in terms of this whole issues of her daughter.’
    • ‘In essence, the old CIA term, " blowback ", means that a nation reaps what it sows.’
    • ‘But one seasoned observer of African-American politics agrees there is potential for blowback.’
    • ‘It is this that opens the risk of a new blowback.’
    • ‘But a simpler explanation is that the wayward adverb in the passage is blowback from Chief Justice Roberts's habit of grammatical niggling.’
    • ‘Blowback exists in absolutely every aspect of life, because nothing comes without unintended consequences.’
    • ‘Blowback usually comes as a shock, because the art of politics is to separate actions from consequences.’



/ˈblōbak/ /ˈbloʊbæk/