Definitions for: Backfire

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

Synonyms: backlash, boomerang

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

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