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Backfire   /bˈækfˌaɪr/   Listen
Backfire

verb
1.
Come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect.  Synonyms: backlash, recoil.
2.
Emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire.
3.
Set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire.






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"Backfire" Quotes from Famous Books



... of material tighter in his hand, mentally trying to shape an order that wouldn't backfire, as such orders seemed to in the childhood stories of magic he had learned. Finally his lips whispered the simplest order he could find. "Rumpelstilsken, ...
— The Sky Is Falling • Lester del Rey

... the servants but the curse of the Indian Fakir. So with a sad smile he ordered his motor car and thought that he and his wife had better try the Railway refreshment rooms. When his chauffeur was going to start the engine Mr. Anderson expected that there would be a backfire and the chauffeur would have a dislocated wrist. But there was no accident. The engine started as smoothly as it had never done before. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson went to the Railway refreshment rooms. There they were informed that no tea was available. A dead rat had been found under one of the ...
— Indian Ghost Stories - Second Edition • S. Mukerji

... of the greater fuel economy of the diesel, and also because of the high specific gravity of fuel oil as compared to gasoline. Furthermore, these smaller tanks could be placed in more convenient locations. Not having a carburetor the engine could not backfire, further reducing the fire hazard. The exhaust note was lower because of the diesel's higher expansion ratio. The absence of an ignition system permitted the diesel to operate in the heaviest types of precipitation. Such conditions might cause the ignition system of a gasoline engine to ...
— The First Airplane Diesel Engine: Packard Model DR-980 of 1928 • Robert B. Meyer



Words linked to "Backfire" :   make noise, noise, burn down, miscalculation, pass off, burn, explosion, detonation, happen, occur, go on, backblast, fire, take place, resound, back-blast, come about, misreckoning, fall out, blowup, misestimation, pass, hap



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