- 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.
- to make or undergo a backlash.
Origin of backlash
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Related Words for backlashedfail, flop, bump, rebound, bound, ricochet, jump, leap, hop, carom, recoil, disappoint, boomerang, miscarry, backlash, return, reverse, react, buck, jounce
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Historical Examples of 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
- 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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