[ bak-lash ]
/ ˈbækˌlæʃ /
a sudden, forceful backward movement; recoil.
a strong or violent reaction, as to some social or political change: a backlash of angry feeling among Southern conservatives within the party.
- the space between the thickness of a gear tooth and the width of the space between teeth in the mating gear, designed to allow for a film of lubricant, binding from heat expansion and eccentricity, or manufacturing inaccuracies.
- play or lost motion between loosely fitting machine parts.
Angling. a snarled line on a reel, usually caused by a faulty cast.
verb (used without object)
to make or undergo a backlash.
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fail, flop, bump, rebound, bound, ricochet, jump, leap, hop, carom, recoil, disappoint, boomerang, miscarry, backlash, return, reverse, react, buck, jounce
- backing dog,
- backing light,
- backing store,
Origin of backlash
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Examples from the Web for backlashed
It was though his fingers carried a galvanic current that backlashed up his arm even as it stiffened hers.The Lani People|J. F. Bone
/ (ˈbækˌlæʃ) /
a reaction or recoil between interacting worn or badly fitting parts in a mechanism
the play between parts
a sudden and adverse reaction, esp to a political or social developmenta public backlash against the government is inevitable
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