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backfire

back·fire

backfire

 
 
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: baek faIr
inflections: backfired, backfires, backfiring
definition 1: to emit a loud noise as the result of inefficient functioning of the engine of a car or other internal-combustion vehicle.
similar words:
bang, explode
definition 2: to have results that are unplanned and the opposite of those desired.
Her scheme to get promoted backfired, and she lost her position.
synonyms:
boomerang, recoil
similar words:
backlash, go wrong
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: baek faIr
definition 1: a loud noise caused by the inefficient functioning of the engine of a car or other internal-combustion vehicle.
similar words:
bang, explosion
definition 2: a fire started to prevent a larger fire from spreading.
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