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misfire

verb mis·fire \ ˌmis-ˈfī(-ə)r \
|Updated on: 10 Jun 2018

Definition of misfire

1 : to have the explosive or propulsive charge fail to ignite at the proper time
  • the engine misfired
2 : to fail to fire
  • the gun misfired
3 : to miss an intended effect or objective
  • the new ad campaign misfired

Examples of misfire in a Sentence

  1. their scheme to rob the bank misfired disastrously and landed them all in jail

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First Known Use of misfire

1752

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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misfire Synonyms

Synonyms

miscarry;

Near Antonyms

prevail, succeed;

flourish, prosper, thrive;

Phrases

come a cropper, come to grief, fall flat, fall short;


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misfire

noun mis·fire \ ˌmis-ˈfī(-ə)r , ˈmis-ˌ \

Definition of misfire

1 : a failure (as of a cartridge or firearm) to fire
2 : something that misfires

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First Known Use of misfire

1789

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MISFIRE Defined for English Language Learners

misfire

Definition of misfire for English Language Learners

  • of an engine : to fail to work properly because the fuel mixture burns at the wrong time

  • of a gun : to fail to fire properly : to fail to shoot a bullet

  • : to fail to have an intended effect : to fail to work properly



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