the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired
a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path
a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
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"
emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire
"My old car backfires all the time"
set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire
(Of a gun or cannon) to fire in the opposite direction, for example due to an obstruction in the barrel.
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.
Origin: From back + fire.
The numerical value of backfire in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of backfire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If we are meeting for the sake of meeting, it would backfire.
It's well-intentioned parenting always, parents always want the best for their child, but sometimes they use practices that without their knowing backfire.
My problem isn't that I don't understand what they're doing, i think my problem is that I think what they're doing is going to backfire and is counterproductive.
It looked like a walk in a park for Alexis Tsipras - there was a chasm between Alexis Tsipras. But we see now that if one underestimates the other, it will only backfire, i'M NOT FAKE.
If you enjoy a moderate amount of alcohol and it is something that is important to you, I don't recommend restricting yourself to try to lose weight, this type of restriction tends to backfire.
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Translations for backfire
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
- sair pela culatraPortuguese
- привести к обратным результатам, приводить к обратным результатамRussian
- vratiti se, obiti se o glavuSerbo-Croatian
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