push back/pushback

Meaning(s)

1. delay or resist something, a negative reaction to a change

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push back an appointment/meeting

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The noun 'pushback' can refer to a bad or negative reaction to something. If you suggest an idea and others have a negative response you can say your idea experienced pushback. the phrasal verb 'push back' can mean to move something to a later time, such as pushing back a meeting or an appointment. you can also say you 'push back' something meaning to discover something new or an improved way of doing something. If you 'push back' against something it can mean to resist a change or new idea. and be in opposition to it. 

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  1. Local residents are pushing back against the Council's plans to build a new road through the middle of the town. 
  2. I need to push back dinner to about 10 pm I am running late.

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  1. We have been getting a lot of pushback since signing that deal with the company due to their poor environmental record.
  2. The meeting has been pushed back to 12.30 because the client's flight has been delayed. 

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