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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 law has also backfired not only by increasing the number of enclosed cafes, but by deterring the open air cafes it tried to promote.
We didn't and went out with a strong team, but it has sort of backfired on me because I've had somebody sent off and a few injuries from it.
But their cautious approach backfired when they lost four wickets - including Strauss - in a 26-over spell after tea which restricted them to 229 for five by the close.
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said the figures showed his Tory counterpart's economic strategy had backfired.
And SNP chief Alex Salmond could be feeling a bit of an ass this morning after his photo opportunity at an animal sanctuary backfired.
But Lancaster manager Bill Plummer's decision to employ a risky suicide-squeeze play backfired in a 6-2 loss to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in front of 2,972 at The Epicenter.
This backfired on Louis XIV as it ruined the French economy.
And it kind of backfired on him, because a lot of people are not feeling good about this new president.
Although these food subsidies can help reduce hunger, many programs have backfired.
United have plenty to motivate them now and Benitez's attack may have backfired as the spotlight on Liverpool is even more intense now.
Granada Hills tried an onsides kick, which backfired when Oliver Padre recovered it and raced 60 yards for a touchdown, cutting Granada Hills' lead to 29-28.
Rude remarks about Mauresmo's muscularity and affectional preference backfired on those who made them.
amp;uot; What was seen by many as a vote-getting ploy in the Mayor's upcoming run for the Senate against Hillary Rodham Clinton, may have backfired.