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English definition of “backfire”

backfire

verb [I] (HAVE BAD RESULT)   /ˈbækˌfɑɪər/
(of a plan) to have the opposite result from the one you intended: Some hotel owners worry that the idea of attracting more visitors may backfire and make the place less attractive.
(Definition of backfire verb (HAVE BAD RESULT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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