Definitions of backfire:
  • noun:   a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
  • noun:   a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
  • verb:   emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire
    Example: "My old car backfires all the time"
  • verb:   have an unexpected and undesired effect
    Example: "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"
  • verb:   set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire

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