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Synonyms for backfire

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  1. blowback, backfirenoun

    the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired

    boomerang, blowback

  2. backfirenoun

    a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine

    boomerang, blowback

  3. backfirenoun

    a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path

    boomerang, blowback

  4. backfire, boomerangverb

    a miscalculation that recoils on its maker

    throw stick, boomerang, throwing stick, blowback

  5. backfire, backlash, recoilverb

    come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect

    "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"

    rebound, spring, quail, flinch, bound, funk, kick, squinch, ricochet, kick back, cringe, bounce, backlash, wince, recoil, resile, reverberate, take a hop, shrink

  6. backfireverb

    emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire

    "My old car backfires all the time"

    recoil, backlash

  7. backfireverb

    set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire

    recoil, backlash

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  1. Justice Neil Gorsuch Ron Bonjean:

    Ronald Krotoszynski Jr. said. However, former communication strategist for Justice Neil Gorsuch Ron Bonjean warned that such a push by Democrats could backfire and rile up the conservative base for the midterms. I think that would just fire up the conservative base big time and... conservative voters would n’t like that and they ’d be pretty fired up going into the November elections, that’s for sure.

  2. Will Smith:

    Studios make the decision that if they're going to Comic-Con, they have to bring their A-game, if you don't come with something that's going to get people excited, it could actually backfire ... It's not cheap to make a splash at Comic-Con.

  3. James Hodge:

    The potential implementation of federal, heavy-handed quarantine can be problematic and can backfire.

  4. Ken Cheung:

    The PBOC has not yet signaled its bottom line for the yuan, and given the United States is holding its presidential election next year, the situation is unlikely to deteriorate too much as that could trigger a backfire.

  5. Vincenzo Nibali:

    He did not do great but I'm expecting him to get better as the race goes on, i was good today, but on the Giro you have to be cautious because if you're not it can backfire.

Translations for backfire

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  • nach hinten losgehen, fehlschlagenGerman
  • salir el tiro por la culata, tener contraefecto, tener efecto retroactivoSpanish
  • mennä pieleen, kostautua, epäonnistuaFinnish
  • se retourner contre, avoir l'effet inverseFrench
  • avere effetto contrarioItalian
  • falenDutch
  • sair pela culatraPortuguese
  • привести к обратным результатам, приводить к обратным результатамRussian
  • vratiti se, obiti se o glavuSerbo-Croatian
  • ย้อนกลับThai

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