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or Nimby

[usually nim-bee] /usually ˈnɪm bi/
not in my backyard: used to express opposition by local citizens to the locating in their neighborhood of a civic project, as a jail, garbage dump, or drug rehabilitation center, that, though needed by the larger community, is considered unsightly, dangerous, or likely to lead to decreased property values.
Origin of NIMBY
First recorded in 1980-85
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Nimbyism, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for nimbyism


the practice of objecting to something that will affect one or take place in one's locality


noun acronym
not in my back yard: a person who objects to the occurrence of something if it will affect him or her or take place in his or her locality
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Word Origin and History for nimbyism


acronym for not in my back yard, 1980, American English, supposedly coined by Walter Rodgers of the American Nuclear Society.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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nimbyism in Culture

NIMBY definition

Acronym for “Not In My Back Yard.” A term for a person who resists unwanted development, such as manufacturing plants, prisons, power companies, or chemical companies in his or her own neighborhood or town.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for nimbyism



(also nimbie or nebbie or nemmie or nemish) Nembutal2 or any barbiturate (1950+ Narcotics)



Exclusivist; fiercely protective: The local perspective is a recipe for disaster: ignorance, Nimby selfishness, isolationism, tribal and racial strife


not in my back yard: Institutions that no organized community wants in its backyard, prisons, sanitation works and other NIMBYs, have followed (1980+)

[fr ''not in my backyard'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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