misfire Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"misfire" in British English

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misfireverb [I]

uk   /ˌmɪsˈfaɪər/  us   /-ˈfaɪr/

misfire verb [I] (GUN)

If a ​gun misfires, the ​bulletfails to come out.

misfire verb [I] (ENGINE)

When an ​engine misfires, the ​fuel inside it ​starts to ​burn at the ​wrongmoment: There was a ​loudbang, 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 ​practicaljoke that misfired.
(Definition of misfire from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"misfire" in American English

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misfireverb [I]

 us   /mɪsˈfɑɪər/
(of a ​gun or other ​weapon) to ​fail to ​fire, or to ​fail to ​fire as ​intended: Conchas’s ​gun misfired after three ​shots.
(Definition of misfire from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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