verb (used without object), back·fired, back·fir·ing.
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Example sentences from the Web for backfire
Providing the facts decreased concerns about fraud among Democrats, but increased them among Republicans—a classic backfire effect.
Research on the backfire effect is mixed, and some studies suggest it happens rarely.
The Washington Post detailed several other instances of vote-shaming backfires in a 2018 story, including a tweet by Billy Eichner in which he told his bellhop to vote, prompting backlash that forced him to delete the quip.Poll: College students are ready to call out people who don’t vote|Jerusalem Demsas|October 16, 2020|Vox
That’s where they’re actually creating the new fire that’s with their burnout, the backfire operation.What the Photos of Wildfires and Smoke Don’t Show You|by Elizabeth Weil and Lisa Larson-Walker|September 21, 2020|ProPublica
Spreading a one-size-fits-all model for girls' education could backfire.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More|Paula Kweskin|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gerald Ford and the swine flu pandemic that never happened in 1976 is a cautionary tale that government action can backfire.
But with Americans fed up with corporate influence, will the move backfire?
Overall, taking steps to get pregnant quickly is more likely to pay off than it is to backfire.
And when that culture still holds onto sexist views of women, even attempts to rectify this imbalance can backfire.
If you have to burn off the rubbish, do so in small spots at a time, then backfire toward the center.The Pony Rider Boys in New England|Frank Gee Patchin
A handful of men were still grouped around Curt, working until the last moment to spread the backfire as far as possible.Janet Hardy in Radio City|Ruthe S. Wheeler
Well, way uptown on Main Street, a motorcycle did backfire right beside us—and we all jumped and had a good laugh over it.
It was unusual for a motorcycle to backfire that close together, it seemed like.
It sounded like a motorcycle backfire at first—the first time we heard it—the first shot.
British Dictionary definitions for backfire
- an explosion of unburnt gases in the exhaust system
- a premature explosion in a cylinder or inlet manifold