backfire

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Etymology[edit]

From back + fire.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bækˈfaɪə(ɹ)/

Verb[edit]

backfire (third-person singular simple present backfires, present participle backfiring, simple past and past participle backfired)

  1. (Of a gun or cannon) to fire in the opposite direction, for example due to an obstruction in the barrel.
  2. To fail in a manner that brings down further misfortune.
    His attempt to make money by importing luxury cars horribly backfired when fuel prices tripled.

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Noun[edit]

backfire (plural backfires)

  1. (firefighting) Alternative spelling of back fire

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