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Backfire   /bˈækfˌaɪr/   Listen
Backfire

noun
1.
The backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired.  Synonym: blowback.
2.
A loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine.
3.
A fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path.
4.
A miscalculation that recoils on its maker.  Synonym: boomerang.






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



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