Backfire - definition, pronunciation, transcription
- 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 (syn: boomerang)
- emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire
- set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire
...my plan to throw her a surprise party backfired when she ended up sobbing that everyone had forgotten her birthday...
She heard a small explosion like the backfire of a car.
The company's new policy backfired when a number of employees threatened to quit.
At other points they back-fired, taking advantage of every change of wind.
Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble
My old car backfires all the time
present participle: backfiring
past tense: backfired
past participle: backfired