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To not proceed as one had planned or hoped. My plan to convince my parents that I'm responsible enough to have a car promptly backfired on me when I came home after curfew. The invading army's strategy completely backfired on them because they failed to account for the icy mountain terrain.
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backfire on someone

Fig. [for something, such as a plot] to fail unexpectedly; to fail with an undesired result. Your plot backfired on you. I was afraid that my scheme would backfire on me.
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in. to release intestinal gas anally and audibly. (Usually objectionable.) Whew! Somebody backfired!

backfire (on someone)

in. [for a scheme meant to cause harm to someone or something] to harm the person who runs the scheme. I hope this plan doesn’t backfire on me.
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Despite the specificity of its subtitle, Chalmers says Backfire is intended to tell four stories.
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It's disrespectful, but these things can backfire on you.
But there are many fewer dramatic, headline-catching actions such as those described in criminal charges against the Backfire defendants, he says.
But if this decision backfires it could be the last mistake the Utd boss will ever make.
But sometimes it would backfire, and he would punch me, give me a wedgie, or stuff me in a locker.
These measures to keep the rats at bay can easily backfire, have backfired already: we may so completely poison our environment that we will destroy ourselves before the rats do.
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The initial survey highlights both the most successful experiential marketing tactics being employed globally and calls out the tactics that have the most potential to backfire on the brand experience.
IF CARSON Yeung continues to agitate to gain representation on the Blues board, that could backfire.
His arrest came as federal and state investigators were wrapping up "Operation Backfire," a monumental investigation of 18 arsons in six states that were claimed by the secretive Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front.
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This is a compelling tale of how altering the environment for people's benefit can backfire.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Although prosecutors typically find that gruesome crime scene photos help their case, the strategy may backfire in the capital murder case against Andrea Yates, says Fort Worth lawyer Craig Crockett, a former prosecutor who now represents criminal defendants.