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  1. [noun] a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine

  2. [noun] a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
    Synonyms: boomerang

  3. [verb] have an unexpected and undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"
    Synonyms: backlash

  4. [verb] emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire; "My old car backfires all the time"

  5. [verb] set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire


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