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English definition of “misfire”

misfire

verb [I] uk   /ˌmɪsˈfaɪər/ us    /-ˈfaɪr/

misfire verb [I] (GUN)

If a gun misfires, the bullet fails to come out.

misfire verb [I] (ENGINE)

When an engine misfires, the fuel inside it starts to burn at the wrong moment: There was a loud bang, like the sound of an engine misfiring.

misfire verb [I] (PLAN)

If a plan misfires, it does not have the result that was intended: The boy's death was the result of a practical joke that misfired.
(Definition of misfire from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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