NIMBY

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NIMBY

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.

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

NIMBY

verb

NIMBY

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.”
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If your pub fire had a back draught then the place would empty quicker than you could say 'mine's a pint landlord please.' George Orwell's 1984 is not yet upon us but could very well be in the future then there will be no Nimby's at all.
The latter was a clear case of protecting the value of land because nobody could claim that a wind farm posed a threat to public health, which is the NIMBY's main argument.
I'Mdisgusted that a tiny proportion of local nimby's can influence our decision makers into rejecting plans for a new dog track.
It tells of the fictitious taxi driver Neville Nimby's bid to stop the airport being built.
AS A Glasgow water consumer, I am appalled by the asinine attitude of the NIMBY's in Milngavie who gloated over the rejection by East Dunbartonshire councillors of a proposed water treatment plant .
Posters even appeared throughout Manhattan asking people to morally "support the habitable sculpture." Apparently, moral support was not enough to outflank what Vendome identified as a campaign led by NIMBY's.