Translation of "backfire" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /ˌbækˈfaɪər/ us /-ˈfaɪr/

(of a plan) to have the opposite result from the one you intended

Her plans to make him jealous backfired on her when he started dating her best friend.

(of an engine) to make a loud noise as a result of fuel burning too early

producir detonaciones en el escape
I was woken by the sound of a truck backfiring.

(Translation of “backfire” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)