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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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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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| BEIRUT, Sept 2 (KUNA) -- The US military intervention in Syria could backfire on US interests as well as stability in the region, Chairman of Iran's parliament Foreign and National Security Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Monday.
Sometimes, deliberately showing less can backfire on us. Newsletter readers were asked to guess the identity of a "mystery reader" in our second example.