hangfire

[ hang-fahyuh r ]
/ ˈhæŋˌfaɪər /

noun

a delay in the detonation of gunpowder or other ammunition, caused by some defect in the fuze.

Origin of hangfire

First recorded in 1890–95; hang + fire
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