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Noun backfire has 2 senses
  1. backfire - a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
    --1 is a kind of
    explosion, detonation, blowup
    --1 has particulars: backblast, back-blast
    Derived form: verb backfire2
  2. backfire, boomerang - a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
    --2 is a kind of miscalculation, misreckoning, misestimation
    Derived form: verb backfire1
Verb backfire has 3 senses
  1. backfire, backlash - have an unexpected and undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"
    --1 is one way to react, oppose
    Derived form: noun backfire2
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  2. backfire - emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire; "My old car backfires all the time"
    --2 is one way to
    make noise, resound, noise
    Derived form: noun backfire1
    Sample sentence:
    The cars backfire down the avenue
  3. backfire - set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire
    --3 is one way to
    burn, fire, burn down
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
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