not in my back yard

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not in my back yard

A clichéd expression of opposition to some 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. The phrase has led to the acronym NIMBY, which in turn has been used to form the neologism "nimbyism," the practice of objecting to that which will impact or intrude on one's local area. There will always be people shouting "not in my back yard" any time a development is proposed.
See also: back, not, yard

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People use not in my back yard to talk about a situation where people do not want something to exist or happen near them, although they do want it to exist or happen somewhere else. Ottawa's inner city needs that kind of development, but it comes with predictable `not in my back yard' cries of opposition from local residents.
See also: back, not, yard

not in my back yard

expressing an objection to the siting of something regarded as undesirable in your own neighbourhood, with the implication that it would be acceptable elsewhere.
This expression originated in the USA in derogatory references to anti-nuclear campaigners. In Britain it is particularly associated with reports of the then Environment Secretary Nicholas Ridley's opposition in 1988 to housing developments near his own home. More recently, it has been used in association with the siting of housing for refugees and asylum seekers. The phrase has given rise to the acronym nimby as a term for someone with these attitudes.
See also: back, not, yard