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  1. backfire

    • IPA[ˈbakˌfī(ə)r]

    美式

    • v.
      (of an engine) undergo a mistimed explosion in the cylinder or exhaust;(of a plan or action) rebound adversely on the originator; have the opposite effect to what was intended
    • n.
      a mistimed explosion in the cylinder or exhaust of a vehicle or engine;a fire set intentionally to arrest the progress of an approaching fire by creating a burned area in its path, thus depriving the fire of fuel.
    • verb: backfire, 3rd person present: backfires, gerund or present participle: backfiring, past tense: backfired, past participle: backfired

    • noun: backfire, plural noun: backfires

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    • 1. a mistimed explosion in the cylinder or exhaust of a vehicle or engine once the engine is running smoothly, a backfire can be dramatic
    • 2. North American a fire set intentionally to arrest the progress of an approaching fire by creating a burned area in its path, thus depriving the fire of fuel.
    • 更多解釋
    • v.
      (of a vehicle or its engine) undergo a mistimed explosion in the cylinder or exhaust: a car backfired in the road and shoppers ducked instinctively
    • n.
      a mistimed explosion in the cylinder or exhaust of a vehicle or engine: once the engine is running smoothly, a backfire can be dramatic

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