yuck factor

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yuck +‎ factor

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yuck factor (usually uncountable, plural yuck factors)

  1. (often uncountable) Disgusting part of the nature of something; facet or tendencies (of a thing, idea, etc) to produce a reaction of repugnance or distaste.
    • 2006, R.T. Kendall, Out of Your Comfort Zone: Is Your God Too Nice?
      The thesis of this chapter is that God uses “yuck factors” to promote His glory.
    • 2011, Charles Fishman, The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water, page 145
      The “yuck factor” is a deeply ingrained psychological thing.
    • 2011, Nils Gilman, Steven Weber, Jesse Goldhammer, Deviant Globalization, page 14
      But it is just as important not to let the yuck factor foreclose a deeper understanding of what deviant globalization is all about.
    Recycled sewer water is opposed by many sanitation agencies due to the yuck factor.

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