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verb [intransitive] backfire pronunciation in British English /ˌbækˈfaɪə(r)/
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present tense
present participlebackfiring
past tensebackfired
past participlebackfired
  1. 1
    if a plan or idea backfires, it has the opposite effect to the one that you wanted
    His plan backfired when Sue discovered the hidden presents.


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