how to pronounce backlash


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the above transcription of backlash is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

backlash is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of backlash in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… it is that this backlash is even a thing …”

meanings of backlash


  1. The jarring or reflex motion caused in badly fitting machinery by irregularities in velocity or a reverse of motion.
  2. A sudden backward motion.
  3. A negative reaction, objection or outcry, especially of a violent or abrupt nature.
  4. The distance through which one part of connected machinery, as a wheel, piston, or screw, can be moved without moving the connected parts, resulting from looseness in fitting or from wear.


  1. To cause or set off a backlash.

backlash frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word backlash occurs in english on average 3.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics backlash can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that backlash can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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