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Noun: blowback  'blow,bak
  1. The backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired
    - backfire
  2. Misinformation resulting from the recirculation into the source country of disinformation previously planted abroad by that country's intelligence service
  3. Unintended negative consequences from some action or policy
    "one can seriously suggest that the explosions in Morocco and Saudi Arabia represent the first stages of blowback from the Iraq invasion"

Derived forms: blowbacks

Type of: blowup, blow-up, detonation, explosion, misinfo [informal], misinformation

Encyclopedia: Blowback