Definition Of backfires


(of a plan or action) rebound adversely on the originator; have the opposite effect to what was intended.

overzealous publicity backfired on her

(of an engine) undergo a mistimed explosion in the cylinder or exhaust.

a car backfired in the road

a fire set intentionally to arrest the progress of an approaching fire by creating a burned area in its path, thus depriving the fire of fuel.

Fires were initially started as backfires to blacken areas adjacent to firelines.

a mistimed explosion in the cylinder or exhaust of a vehicle or engine.

My favourites are still the RX7 rotaries, which give magnificent flameouts and backfires from the exhaust when the drivers lift their foot off the accelerator.

Example Of backfires

  • A car backfired somewhere, the CD now flew upwards at a fresh angle and speed.

  • A slight backfire on starting could burn the engine off the wing!

  • And I heard this - it was a shot, but it sounded like a backfire .

  • Around Summerhaven, crews using hand torches, which drip flame to start backfires , and aided by air tankers succeeded on Sunday in keeping the fire away from dozens of surviving homes and an observatory.

  • ‘It just sounded like a car backfiring ,’ she said, ‘it sounded like a gunshot.’

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