What does backfire mean?

Definitions for backfire
ˈbækˌfaɪərback·fire

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word backfire.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. blowback, backfirenoun

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

  2. backfirenoun

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

  3. backfirenoun

    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, boomerangverb

    a miscalculation that recoils on its maker

  5. backfire, backlash, recoilverb

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

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

  6. backfireverb

    emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire

    "My old car backfires all the time"

  7. backfireverb

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

Wiktionary

  1. backfireverb

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

  2. backfireverb

    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. Etymology: From back + fire.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of backfire in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of backfire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of backfire in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Giacalone:

    Apparently, there are no more victims' rights anywhere in New York City. If this keeps on going the way it’s going, eventually, this is all going to backfire, you cannot keep on disrespecting victims and their families because you think it’s going to be a better society or this utopian society.

  2. Howard Breuer:

    Regardless of whether Alec is ever found liable in a trial, he is right to return to work and continue to earn a living, among other things, it's good therapy for him, and this was probably recommended by everyone from his attorneys to his therapists.I don't think this will backfire on him.

  3. Merrick Garland:

    This entire Chantilly Virginia debacle showed one of the weaknesses of Democratic Party which is focusing on their Trump-hate, the same kind of vitriol that they’ve been attacking Rush with since the beginning of the program … They do n’t rely on facts, they just want to smear and discredit their political opponents rather than engage them and it is starting to backfire.

  4. Pamela Oliver:

    That’s the big debate, most people think that non-violence is the way to go and that violent, aggressive responses could backfire, that is play into the hands of white supremacists by using violence.

  5. Lawrence Gostin:

    Nothing on this scale has ever been tried, there's very little evidence of its effectiveness. And I think there's good reason to think that it could backfire, from a public health, social, human rights perspective.

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  • 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
  • ย้อนกลับThai

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