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1. An acronym for "not in my back yard," a clichéd expression of opposition to some development or change proposed for one's immediate area, based on the opinion that it will have a negative impact on one's home or local surroundings. There will always be people shouting "NIMBY!" any time a development is proposed. Of course, there were plenty from the NIMBY movement who showed up to oppose the new condominiums being built over the old park.
2. A person who espouses such views. For every proposed development, there are bound to be NIMBYs who oppose it no matter what.
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Not in my backyard!and NIMBY
exclam. & comp. abb. Don’t locate something undesirable close to me. (Describes an attitude that people express about having noisy or dirty facilities installed close to where they live.) When you say, build the new incinerator here, I say NIMBY.
See also: not
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Acronym for “not in my backyard,” voicing a strong objection to construction projects or institutions considered detrimental to one’s neighborhood or locality. The term is relatively new, dating from about 1980, although the sentiment expressed is much older. A Boston Globe editorial on October 27, 2003, describing a compromise in proposed zoning for multifamily housing, was entitled “A Nod to NIMBY-ism.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer