how to pronounce backfire


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backfire is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of backfire in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… think dude it calls the backfire effect …”

meanings of backfire


  1. To experience a premature ignition of fuel or an ignition of exhaust gases, making a popping sound.
  2. To fire in the opposite direction, for example due to an obstruction in the barrel.
  3. To fail in a manner that brings down further misfortune.


  1. A premature explosion in the cylinder of a gas or oil engine during the exhaust or the compression stroke, tending to drive the piston in the wrong direction.
  2. An explosion in the exhaust passages of an internal combustion engine.
  3. Alternative spelling of back fire.

backfire frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word backfire occurs in english on average 0.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics backfire can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that backfire can be often used in the following areas:

1) transport and travel;

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