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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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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.
Firefighters began lighting backfires Thursday night in Cattle Canyon, two miles west of Mount Baldy Village, and on Friday lit a number of backfires east of Mount Baldy Road.
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.
Ground crews continued an effort they began Friday to set brush-clearing backfires around a 3,525-acre wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains and starve it of fuel.
Firefighters were setting backfires to prevent the blazed from spreading further, he said.