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Meaning of backfire
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; "My old car backfires all the time"
5. (v) have an unexpected and undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"
 

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