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  • a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
  • a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path
  • a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
  • the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired
  • set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire
  • emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire
    • My old car backfires all the time
  • come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect
    • Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble
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