Align with (verb) – join up with, form an alliance with, give support to. Backlash (noun) – a strong negative reaction; adverse response, counteraction. Ballooning (adjective) – soaring, escalating, increasing. Bifurcation (noun) – division of something into two branches or parts. Buck (verb) – defy, resist, fight against. Buoy (verb) – cheer up, encourage, stimulate.…