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Meaning of BACKFIRE

Pronunciation:  'bak`fIr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
  2. [n]  a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
  3. [v]  set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire
  4. [v]  emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire, as of cars
  5. [v]  have an unexpected and undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"

BACKFIRE is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: backlash, boomerang
 See Also: backblast, burn, burn down, detonation, explosion, fire, make noise, miscalculation, misestimation, misreckoning, noise, oppose, react, resound



Thesaurus Terms
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