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NIMBY

[usually nim-bee] /usually ˈnɪm bi/
1.
not in my backyard: used to express opposition by local citizens to the locating in their neighborhood of a civic project, as a jail, garbage dump, or drug rehabilitation center, that, though needed by the larger community, is considered unsightly, dangerous, or likely to lead to decreased property values.
Also, Nimby.
Origin
1980-1985
1980-85
Related forms
Nimbyism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for NIMBY

NIMBY

/ˈnɪmbɪ/
noun acronym
1.
not in my back yard: a person who objects to the occurrence of something if it will affect him or her or take place in his or her locality
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Word Origin and History for NIMBY

nimby

acronym for not in my back yard, 1980, American English, supposedly coined by Walter Rodgers of the American Nuclear Society.

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NIMBY in Culture

NIMBY definition


Acronym for “Not In My Back Yard.” A term for a person who resists unwanted development, such as manufacturing plants, prisons, power companies, or chemical companies in his or her own neighborhood or town.

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Slang definitions & phrases for NIMBY

nimby

noun

(also nimbie or nebbie or nemmie or nemish) Nembutal2 or any barbiturate (1950+ Narcotics)


NIMBY

modifier

Exclusivist; fiercely protective: The local perspective is a recipe for disaster: ignorance, Nimby selfishness, isolationism, tribal and racial strife

noun

not in my back yard: Institutions that no organized community wants in its backyard, prisons, sanitation works and other NIMBYs, have followed (1980+)

[fr ''not in my backyard'']


not in my backyard

interjection

It is not ok with me that something is here where I live or exist


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for NIMBY

NIMBY

not in my backyard
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