Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang One who objects to the establishment in one's neighborhood of projects, such as incinerators, prisons, or homeless shelters, that are believed to be dangerous, unsightly, or otherwise undesirable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Alternative spelling of nimby. Not In My BackYard – opposition to building, or people opposed to building.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who objects to siting something in their own neighborhood but does not object to it being sited elsewhere; an acronym for not in my backyard

Etymologies

n(ot) i(n) m(y) b(ack) y(ard).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined 1980 in UK by Emilie Travel Livezey, popularized by British politician Nicholas Ridley, who was Conservative Secretary of State for the Environment. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term NIMBY now appears in American dictionaries because "not in my backyard" is a common sentiment that surfaces almost whenever a building project is proposed in a nice neighborhood.

    Aspen Times - Top Stories

  • In other words, what we call NIMBY is less about what people do or don't want in their backyards, and more about people in and out of the community using the backyard as a flashpoint for national opposition.

    Boing Boing

  • I think being an airport NIMBY is all very well, but the airport has been growing for 60 years - do the people who bought cheaply because it was near an airport really expect the airport to stop expanding?

    In Praise of Nimby`s

  • The acronym NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) has become widely used to describe the attitude and reaction among the local population protesting the introduction of something unwanted in their community.

    NIMBYism

  • Unfortunately, NIMBY is what caused the critical energy situation in California.

    Entergy Bails on Louisa Gas Plant at cvillenews.com

  • The acronym NIMBY -- "Not in My Back Yard" -- is a battle cry commonly hurled by neighbors at any nearby controversy.

    Penn State Live

  • So let's not use the word NIMBY to attack the scores of Glenvar residents who attended an anti-asphalt plant meeting Thursday night at Glenvar Middle School.

    The Roanoke Times: Home page

  • The term "NIMBY" - an acronym for "not in my back yard" - was used more than once in Monday's discussion.

    Local News from The Gainesville Sun

  • Economic freedom will tend to maintain the institutions that lend themselves to such freedom because of what many call the NIMBY syndrome.

    Economic Freedom and Divergence, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • If they made money, people would be lining up to build them. does the term NIMBY strike a familiar note?

    Matthew Yglesias » Drill, Baby, Drill

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