[ hang-fahyuh r ]
/ ˈhæŋˌfaɪər /
a delay in the detonation of gunpowder or other ammunition, caused by some defect in the fuze.
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Examples from the Web for hangfire
In the case of a misfire, don't open the bolt immediately, as it may be a hangfire.