Synonyms of backfire


1. blowback, backfire, explosion, detonation, blowup

usage: the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired

2. backfire, explosion, detonation, blowup

usage: a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine

3. backfire, fire

usage: a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path

4. backfire, boomerang, miscalculation, misreckoning, misestimation

usage: a miscalculation that recoils on its maker


1. backfire, backlash, recoil, happen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take place

usage: come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"

2. backfire, make noise, resound, noise

usage: emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire; "My old car backfires all the time"

3. backfire, burn, fire, burn down

usage: set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire

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Definition and meaning of backfire (Dictionary)