backlashing







backlashing


noun

  1. a sudden, forceful backward movement; recoil.
  2. a strong or violent reaction, as to some social or political change: a backlash of angry feeling among Southern conservatives within the party.
  3. Machinery.
    1. 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.
    2. play or lost motion between loosely fitting machine parts.
  4. Angling. a snarled line on a reel, usually caused by a faulty cast.

verb (used without object)

  1. to make or undergo a backlash.

noun

  1. a reaction or recoil between interacting worn or badly fitting parts in a mechanism
  2. the play between parts
  3. a sudden and adverse reaction, esp to a political or social developmenta public backlash against the government is inevitable
n.

1815, of machinery, from back (adj.) + lash (n.). In metaphoric sense, it is attested from 1955.

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