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But the plan backfired and he was promptly sent the wrong way. The Sun (2016)In Nepal a cash handout scheme may have backfired by increasing school absenteeism. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The plan may have backfired. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Project Fear may have backfired on polling day, but it has been helpful in one respect. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The gamble backfired and a subsequent stop dropped him down to 15th place - but incredibly he battled back to take third. The Sun (2016)He decided on a plan of action but it backfired horribly. Times, Sunday Times (2010)But the gamble backfired and he now knows his job is on the line. The Sun (2011)In the end this was a case modern information warfare that backfired spectacularly. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Attempts to make the tax code more consistent can backfire horribly. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But one little lie to secure an elusive table backfires spectacularly. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Yet the gambit may have backfired. Times, Sunday Times (2015)That was a plan totally backfired. Times, Sunday Times (2014)True, forcing people into unsuitable jobs may sometimes backfire. The Sun (2010)Now he cannot bear to be in a crowd and will jump with fear if a car backfires or a firework goes off. The Sun (2011)It's a gamble that can backfire badly. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Keeping your eyes open for hazards may backfire, too. The Sun (2008)That could have backfired horribly had we not won the Ashes so convincingly. Times, Sunday Times (2011)African teams have turned to European coaches at the last minute and the gamble has backfired. Times, Sunday Times (2010)N-DUBZ's bid to get some peace and quiet in the country has backfired spectacularly. The Sun (2009)It backfired horribly at the team's official presentation. Times, Sunday Times (2010)If this was his way of seeking attention, it has already backfired spectacularly. The Sun (2012)It backfired horribly, which is why so many of the payroll vote were willing to sign. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Last night his gamble backfired as he was effectively left without a party in the Commons to lead. The Sun (2006)Yet her diary may backfire. Times, Sunday Times (2011)These changes may backfire, though. Microeconomics: Price Theory in Practice (1995)
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Translations for 'backfire'
British English: backfire /ˌbækˈfaɪə/ VERB
If a plan backfires, it has the opposite result to the one that was intended.
This plan could backfire.
- American English: backfire
- Arabic: يُخَّلِفُ نَتَائِج عَكْسِيَّة
- Brazilian Portuguese: obter um resultado oposto ao que se esperava
- Chinese: 事与愿违
- Croatian: izjaloviti se
- Czech: mít opačný účinek
- Danish: give bagslag
- Dutch: mislopen
- European Spanish: fallar
- Finnish: epäonnistua
- French: mal tourner
- German: fehlschlagen
- Greek: αποτυγχάνω
- Italian: ritorcersi contro
- Japanese: 裏目に出る
- Korean: 기대에 어긋난 결과가 되다
- Norwegian: slå tilbake (på)
- Polish: przynieść odwrotny skutek
- European Portuguese: obter um resultado oposto ao que se esperava
- Romanian: a eșua
- Russian: неожиданно привести к обратным результатам
- Spanish: fallar fracasar
- Swedish: slå slint
- Thai: ให้ผลตรงข้ามกับที่ตั้งใจไว้
- Turkish: geri tepmek
- Ukrainian: давати протилежний результат
- Vietnamese: phản tác dụng
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