Definitions for backfireˈbækˌfaɪər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blowback, backfire(noun)

    the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired

  2. backfire(noun)

    a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine

  3. backfire(noun)

    a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path

  4. backfire, boomerang(verb)

    a miscalculation that recoils on its maker

  5. backfire, backlash, recoil(verb)

    come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect

    "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"

  6. backfire(verb)

    emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire

    "My old car backfires all the time"

  7. backfire(verb)

    set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire


  1. backfire(Verb)

    (Of a gun or cannon) to fire in the opposite direction, for example due to an obstruction in the barrel.

  2. backfire(Verb)

    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.

  3. Origin: From back + fire.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • nach hinten losgehen, fehlschlagenGerman
  • salir el tiro por la culata, tener contraefecto, tener efecto retroactivoSpanish
  • mennä pieleen, kostautua, epäonnistuaFinnish
  • se retourner contre, avoir l'effet inverseFrench
  • avere effetto contrarioItalian
  • falenDutch
  • sair pela culatraPortuguese
  • привести к обратным результатам, приводить к обратным результатамRussian
  • vratiti se, obiti se o glavuSerbo-Croatian

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