Meaning of “backfire” in the English Dictionary

"backfire" in American English

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backfireverb [ I ]

us /ˈbækˌfɑɪər/

backfire verb [ I ] (HAVE BAD RESULT)

(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.

backfire verb [ I ] (MAKE NOISE)

(of an engine) to make a loud noise because the fuel burned too soon

(Definition of “backfire” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)