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misfire

verb
     
Related topics: Weapons, Motor Vehicles
mis‧fire [intransitive]
1 if a plan or joke misfires, it goes wrong and does not have the result that you intended [↪ backfire]:
His attempt at a joke misfired.
I was worried that the plan might misfire.
2TTC if an engine misfires, the petrol mixture does not burn at the right time
3PMW if a gun misfires, the bullet does not come out

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