- backfire - a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
--1 is a kind of explosion, detonation, blowup
--1 has particulars: backblast, back-blast
Derived form: verb backfire2
- backfire, boomerang - a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
--2 is a kind of miscalculation, misreckoning, misestimation
Derived form: verb backfire1
- backfire, backlash - have an unexpected and undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"
--1 is one way to react, oppose
Derived form: noun backfire2
- backfire - emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire; "My old car backfires all the time"
--2 is one way to make noise, resound, noise
Derived form: noun backfire1
The cars backfire down the avenue
- backfire - set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire
--3 is one way to burn, fire, burn down