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backfire on

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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Nevertheless, Backfire is of much interest, especially in showing the links between the history of the Klan and the differently insidious newer groups, and it helps makes Chalmers's point that race remains "the basic subtext in American society and politics" (164).
7 kilometers inside Japanese airspace, 5,800 meters over the island, the officials said, noting it was the first intrusion by Backfire planes into Japanese airspace.
The terrorism label - if a judge applies it to the Backfire defendants - may serve as a precedent to allow harsh prosecution of public tactics typically employed by peace and anti-nuclear demonstrators, Regan says.
While negotiating long-term commercial leases with low, fixed annual increases is acknowledged to be sound business practice, long-term deals can backfire for many companies, particularly those in a growth phase, that don't carefully consider the larger ramifications on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) earnings.
Should he continue to issue further resolutions, it 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.
This is a compelling tale of how altering the environment for people's benefit can backfire.
The broadcast, which portrayed Mr Tony Blair as Faust making a pact with the Devil, was never used by the Conservatives because John Major felt it was wrong and would backfire.
I FEAR Rafa Benitez's rant at Sir Alex Ferguson could backfire badly and unwittingly inspire Manchester United to the Premier League crown.
Without explanation and without comment, defense lawyers for the four remaining defendants in the Operation Backfire prosecution of underground environmental radicals have dropped their demand for information about any possible illegal wiretaps used to gather evidence in the case.
While Republican leaders at the national level are increasingly reaching out to--or at least not repelling--gay GOP members, politicians at the state level often still cling to the antigay far-right voting bloc, even though doing so may backfire.
He adds, however, that new technologies may backfire if people become overdependent on them.