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fail

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misfire

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to produce an unexpected and undesired result

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the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired

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

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a miscalculation that recoils on its maker

come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect

emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire

set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire

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But their cautious approach backfired when they lost four wickets - including Ian Bell, Pietersen, Paul Collingwood and Strauss - in a 26-over spell after tea which restricted them to 229 for five by the close.
Firefighters were called, though it soon emerged that the train engine had backfired.
Two schoolboys invented a story about being attacked with a makeshift flamethrower to cover up a prank that backfired, police said today.
Word-of-mouth also has plenty of examples of campaigns that backfired because products were not very good.
I just read your article "The Breakdown of Boycotts" [July 18] and was happy to hear that many of the boycotting efforts of hatemongering so-called Christian organizations like the American Family Association and Focus on the Family have not only failed but perhaps have backfired.
Bryan got a shotgun and tried to scare off the wolves by firing into the air, but that strategy backfired.
Waiters takes readers along as he travels to Mauna Loa to interview locals about the 'alala's significance to Hawaiian spirituality, biologists on their task of shoring up the bird's habitat and reintroducing captive birds to the wild, and others on conservation attempts that have backfired.
Joe Royle switched to a 3-5-2 formation in last Monday's clash at Wolves and it backfired.
Extending the duck season seemed like a license for Stuttgart to print money, but it may have backfired.
At the same time as the developing world moved toward enlightened women's rights attitudes, the Bush administration was working hard at its third attempt to weaken the Cairo consensus on women's rights--an effort that backfired at a regional conference on international women's health in Santiago, Chile.
The heavy-handed politicking backfired, however, and all members of the Monaghan slate lost.
The plan ultimately backfired and helped bring the anti-logging Labor Party to power.
This actually backfired when the L'Association des Realisateurs et Realisatrices des Films du Quebec boycotted the ceremonies, which were reduced to a press conference.
The strategy, comparable to the similarly ill-fated approach taken by the air traffic controllers in 1981, immediately backfired.
Granada Hills tried an onsides kick, which backfired when Oliver Padre recovered it and raced 60 yards for a touchdown, cutting Granada Hills' lead to 29-28.