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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of backfire.


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  • However, one of the first phone calls backfired spectacularly, according to one anecdote told to PRWeek. '

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  • But the move again backfired as Rolen smashed the reliever's second pitch over the left field wall for just his second hit in 17 at-bats.

  • The terms backfired when housing markets weakened, leaving borrowers with loans bigger than the value of their home.

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  • IT'S always risky to believe The New York Times, and the paper's front-page lead story Wednesday - claiming John McCain's attacks have "backfired" - vividly illustrates why.


  • With the score knotted at 17, Ryan opted to go for a fourth-and-two from the Oakland 37-yard line late in the third, but the call backfired when Sanchez missed Plaxico Burress on a slant route.

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  • In fact, most of what she's thrown as actually backfired, which is why she has stopped throwing things.

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  • La Russa, explaining on Tuesday why Pujols had the freedom to call the backfired hit-and-run, volunteered, "I think I've said over and over again that for the 11 years that we've been together, Albert has proven every year, virtually every day of the season and postseason, he is a great player, not just a great producer, he's a very smart baseball player."

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  • Their name-calling backfired, however, as Crist embraced the term and even used it in campaign ads.

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  • But the idea backfired, he said, when the pruning caused the willow to grow taller but not stronger.

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  • That said, a dubious Stinespring call backfired in a galling 20-17 home loss to North Carolina that might have cost Virginia Tech an at-large BCS bid.

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