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  • n. Plural form of backfire.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of backfire.

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Examples

  • And we know that is the clever phrase backfires, as did the inventive historian's characterization of Rep. Paul Ryan's R-WI budget plan as "right wing social engineering," he will invent a tale to rewrite history.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Giving Adam the pimp slot kind of backfires on you when your show runs over and everyone's DVR / TIVOs cut off his performance!

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  • Just from watching TV, I know that professional firefighters employ "backfires" to control wilderness (forest) fires.

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

  • "backfires" invariably are left to spin out of control and become major fires of their own.

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

  • They are giving Arkansas a black facemask, which kind of backfires and makes them look a little SWAC-ish instead of "GRR INTIMIDATING

    Every Day Should Be Saturday

  • The road controversy is just the latest in a stretch of political backfires that have dented Mr. Morales's image as a seemingly infallible leader of the nation's mostly poor and indigenous.

    Bolivian Chief Scraps Road

  • Clintons replace campaign manager after image change backfires

    MPs' expenses: David Cameron 'appalled' at ostentatious display of extravagant living

  • To apply them to everyday life means to accept that things won't ever quite work out (at least not in any conventional sense); that when you hold on to anything too tightly (even the idea of not holding on to anything too tightly), it backfires; you can definitely figure all this out and, finally, that there is a step-by-step explanation for how to do so, via practices, insights, devotion and so on.

    Susan Piver: Love, Spirituality and Four Noble Truths

  • David Brody/CBN News: Do you believe that the Waterloo may still indeed happen for the President in the sense that if health care backfires on him the fact that they passed it that 2010 could be a debacle and this could end up being a one term President because of health care?

    Jim DeMint Says Obama's "Waterloo" May Come in November

  • Defenders are always trying to draw offsides by moving up the pitch, but the tactic frequently backfires, particularly when the official misses the call.

    Michael Conniff: Idiot's Guide to The World Cup

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