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Definition of NIMBY noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



(also Nimby) (pl. NIMBYs) (humorous) (disapproving)
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a person who claims to be in favor of a new development or project, but objects if it is too near their home and will disturb them in some way The NIMBYs were out in force against proposals for a high-speed rail link. Formed from the first letters of “not in my backyard.”
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