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backfire

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbackfireback‧fire /ˌbækˈfaɪə $ ˈbækfaɪr/ ●○○ verb [intransitive]  1 OPPOSITE/REVERSEif a plan or action backfires, it has the opposite effect to the one you intended The company’s new policy backfired when a number of employees threatened to quit.see thesaurus at fail2 TTCCif a car backfires, it makes a sudden loud noise because the engine is not working correctly→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
backfireA risk without a clear purpose can backfire.Sien confided in him for once, and the scheme to start another quarrel backfired.Smearing a good woman for partisan, political advantage can be a deadly game that can easily backfire.This was a clever attempt to appease the people, but it backfired.His plan to get attention backfired, and instead of being promoted he lost his job.Ellen was still arguing with me as Thessy and I climbed in and backfired away, but I was no longer listening.It has backfired because those worst hit by the pandemic, black people, are paying the price.A final experiment by the police at labour organization backfired disastrously.Trying to make your partner jealous by flirting with other people can easily backfire on you.
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Verb table
backfire
Simple Form
Present
theybackfire
itbackfires
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Past
it, theybackfired
Present perfect
theyhave backfired
ithas backfired
Past perfect
it, theyhad backfired
Future
it, theywill backfire
Future perfect
it, theywill have backfired
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Continuous Form
Present
theyare backfiring
itis backfiring
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Past
theywere backfiring
itwas backfiring
Present perfect
theyhave been backfiring
ithas been backfiring
Past perfect
it, theyhad been backfiring
Future
it, theywill be backfiring
Future perfect
it, theywill have been backfiring
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