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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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The four aircraft, including the two Backfire Tu-22 bombers, flew eastward over the Soya Straits near Rebun Island, northern Hokkaido, between 11:59 a.
But if one of the backfires that we have lit gets away or if the wind changes or the weather turns against us, the threat could very easily return.
Chemical Engineering Professor Biegler and Ghattas, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, are trying to determine how and where fire fighters need to use backfires to contain and manage fires.
This subterfuge eventually backfires, of course, and dating Mike turns out to be less than idyllic.
Firefighters also worked aggressively in the early stages of the fire, setting backfires to stop the flames from spreading further, officials said.
While the two conspire to change their attitudes and style to become less conspicuous in the Valley, their plan backfires.
Fire officials said the threat to the community of Wrightwood has abated, and backfires set by firefighters in advance of the flames saved campgrounds north of Angeles Crest Highway.
Crews setting backfires to create a buffer between the town of Wrightwood and the blaze about 2-1/2 miles away were interrupted for a time late Saturday when windblown sparks ignited spot fires that had to be controlled.
With bulldozers and backfires, some 1,600 firefighters Monday contained about 80 percent of the Hopper Fire, which has burned 23,500 acres of the Los Padres Forest north of Piru during the past week.