Definition of nimby noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈnɪmbi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪmbi//
(pl. nimbies) (disapproving, humorous) Belonging to society
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a person who claims to be in favour of a new development or project, but objects if it is too near their home and will disturb them in some way The nimbies were out in force against proposals for a high-speed rail link. See related entries: Belonging to society Word Origin1980s: acronym from not in my back yard.
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