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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A miscalculation that recoils on its maker; A loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine.

Usage examples (40)
  • Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble
  • What will backfire is when Reps link Obama to Carter.
  • The backfire from a bread truck coming around the corner was too close for comfort when I realized what was happening.
  • The phenomenon - known as "backfire" - is "a natural defense mechanism to avoid that cognitive dissonance." for more
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