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  Definition of backfire
  1. a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
  2. a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
  3. set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire
  4. emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire; "My old car backfires all the time"
  5. have an unexpected and undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"
Similar Words: boomerang, backlash

 

Hyponyms: backblast, back-blast

 

Derivational Morphology: boomerang, backlash

 

 
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