What does backfire mean?

Definitions for backfire
ˈbækˌfaɪərback·fire

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.

ChatGPT

  1. backfire

    Backfire generally refers to a situation where an action or plan has the opposite effect to what was originally intended. It often results in harm or damage to the person who initiated the action or plan. It can be used in different contexts such as psychological, social, mechanical, or physical situations.

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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. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter:

    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.

  2. Thomas Gerakis:

    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.

  3. Greg Valliere:

    Politicians can seek retribution in terms of tax policy or regulations. It's a fine line these companies have to walk. This could backfire if they're too aggressive.

  4. Joseph Giacalone:

    Eventually, it’s all going to backfire, it’s going to take its course, like everything else. The pendulum will swing back the other way, and they’ll stop electing people who are pretending to be a district attorney in name only.

  5. 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.

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Translations for backfire

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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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