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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.’
2US The unintended adverse results of a political action or situation.‘this is the blowback from all those aggressive public health campaigns’
- ‘But short-term politics triumphed and we are now experience the blowback.’
- ‘The CIA's fears that there might ultimately be some blowback from its egregious interference in the affairs of Iran were well founded.’
- ‘More importantly, the Pentagon is worried about blowback from this device's first use.’
- ‘Now we are seeing another form of blowback, from the policy choices made by the Bush Administration in its war on terrorism.’
- ‘One of my arguments against the invasion was the entirely predicatable blowback.’
- ‘A blowback of such cuts, is that states will receive still fewer Federal matching dollars.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I don't think they were prepared for this kind of blowback in terms of this whole issues of her daughter.’
- ‘Blowback usually comes as a shock, because the art of politics is to separate actions from consequences.’
- ‘The blowback from its failure in transport is pushing it towards an even greater folly in energy policy.’
- ‘Blowback exists in absolutely every aspect of life, because nothing comes without unintended consequences.’
- ‘In essence, the old CIA term, " blowback ", means that a nation reaps what it sows.’
- ‘Nonetheless, there is also great potential for blowback from these policies.’
- ‘Then there is the risk of future blowback, a real economic cost and thus a form of taxation by blowback.’
- ‘Indeed, Albanian crime and radical Islamism in Europe may be more than blowback, but rather intended policy.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is this that opens the risk of a new blowback.’
- ‘I'm not sure the Administration can afford the political blowback from implementing the military commissions system.’
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