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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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Synonyms for backfire

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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Punishing the wrong people will backfire and is backfiring.
Meanwhile, evidence is growing that the conservatives' strategy is backfiring.
As a result of its highly flammable nature when combined with air, hydrogen tends to ignite prematurely because of heat from the exhaust valves or the presence of previously burned gas, causing unacceptable backfiring.
It's time for deputies to rethink their strategy, as their current tactics appear to be backfiring and turning the public - which strongly supports law enforcement - against them.
The backfiring operation has been removing fuel from the south face of Blue Ridge, which stands between the forest fire and town, Horner said.