Etymology
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backlash (n.)

1815, of machinery, "reaction of wheels on each other produced by an inconstant load," from back (adj.) + lash (n.) "a blow, stroke." In metaphoric sense, it is attested from 1929.

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Definitions of backlash
1
backlash (n.)
a movement back from an impact;
Synonyms: recoil / repercussion / rebound
backlash (n.)
an adverse reaction to some political or social occurrence;
there was a backlash of intolerance
2
backlash (v.)
come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect;
the political movie backlashed on the Democrats
Synonyms: backfire / recoil
From wordnet.princeton.edu