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backfire

verb

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to have the reverse of the desired or expected effect
  • my plan to throw her a surprise party backfired when she ended up thinking that everyone had forgotten her birthday

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backfire

noun

Synonyms of backfire (Entry 2 of 2)

as in wildfire, bonfire

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The first known use of backfire was in 1801

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“Backfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/backfire. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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