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.

    • ‘Don't think the change will come without a political blowback, though.’
    • ‘She had made numerous enemies through her writing, and wanted to keep her family from feeling the blowback of the hate.’
    • ‘He said: ‘You have to be aware if you do [offend people's beliefs] you will get blowback.’’
    • ‘This is the blowback from all those aggressive public health campaigns that tout the importance of mental health care.’
    • ‘The decision would be based on whether there could be a major blowback.’
    • ‘But it's either that or un-ending resource wars and their concomitant blowback, increased nuclear proliferation and instability, and ecological catastrophe.’
    • ‘The blowback problem: many of my female friends who have their own companies will not, under any circumstances, hire women of child-bearing age.’
    • ‘But short-term politics triumphed and we are now experience the blowback.’
    • ‘I agree there's a political blowback problem here.’
    • ‘I wasn't satisfied with the strength of the cylinders in which the pressurised, volatile mixture was carried, and I wanted more tests carried out on the safety valve intended to prevent blowbacks.’
    • ‘The gun operates by direct blowback, which to the user means more effort to muscle back the slide.’
    • ‘Besides, I was mindful of the blowback if things should turn out to be other than the conventional western wisdom.’
    • ‘Because of the low momentum of such loads, they have extremely low recoil and it is possible to use a simple blowback operating system without having a heavy bolt to weigh down the weapon.’
    • ‘The script for turning that into practical policies, T-shirts, soundbites and placards - open the books, close the camps, shut the pipeline, stop the blowback - more or less writes itself.’
    • ‘Justice in our military operations is a necessary part of this, and we should be careful about embracing unjust or brutal tactics, lest they create more blowback than they're worth.’
    • ‘Adkins' answer came in the form of a gas retarded blowback system, which, of course, was another Browning patent.’
    • ‘The blowback from its failure in transport is pushing it towards an even greater folly in energy policy.’
    • ‘Will this patriotic fervor survive the blowback that top government officials believe we may soon experience?’
    • ‘I worked to identify it - the smell of stale ash, the blowback of an aged coal burner, cinders falling from the sky, the aftermath of some inflamed astonishment - or not.’
    • ‘Once a translation is placed out there in the public domain, there are many people who can consult both the original and the translated works and the blowback can be significant when problems are uncovered.’
    • ‘The evidence is so muddled and conflicted when it comes to the efficacy of coercive interrogation that I find it hard to justify these tactics at all, especially given the blowback from their use.’
  • 2US The unintended adverse results of a political action or situation.

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