Meaning of NIMBY

NIMBY

Pronunciation: (usually nim'bē), [key]
  1. not in my backyard: used to express opposition by local citizens to the locating in their neighborhood of a civic project, as a jail, garbage dump, or drug rehabilitation center, that, though needed by the larger community, is considered unsightly, dangerous, or likely to lead to decreased property values.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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