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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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This backfired on Louis XIV as it ruined the French economy.
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In the wake of massive media coverage, however, SWAN Director Ray Fenner says the litigation has "more than backfired.
David Cameron and George Osborne's economic gamble - tax rises and spending cuts that go too far and too fast - has backfired badly.
In the end it backfired on him because Sammy was flown back as well.
This time the big buildup backfired on Western Union in the late 1970s as part of the promotion for its new corporate symbol.