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Not in my backyard expressing an objection to the siting of something regarded as unpleasant in one's own locality, while by implication finding it acceptable elsewhere. The expression originated in the United States in derogatory references to the anti-nuclear movement, and in Britain was particularly associated with reports of the then Environment Secretary Nicholas Ridley's opposition in 1988 to housing developments near his home; the acronym nimby derives from this.

See also not a bean, not worth the candle, not by a long chalk, not give a fig for, not one jot or tittle, not the rose but near it, not miss a trick.

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