Definition of backfire:
Synonyms for backfire:
throwing stick, surprise, kick back, explode, quail, miss, burst, crash, cycle, detonate, idle, resile, cut out, miscarry, strike back, spring, go, flinch, burn up, cringe, wince, backlash, grind, fire, founder, bomb, erupt, fizzle, flop, kick, blowback, fail, shrink, boomerang, reverberate, bound, languish, squinch, engagement, flood, take a hop, collapse, throw stick, funk.
- defend (part of speech: verb)
- recoil (part of speech: verb)
- defense (part of speech: noun)
- "Anything You Can Do ...", Gordon Randall Garrett.
- "The Settling of the Sage", Hal G. Evarts.
This backfire rumor had established a definite line with fifteen men outside, conspicuous and alone, and those who had once followed the hazy middle ground of semi- lawlessness with perfect security now hastened to become solid citizens whose every act would stand the light; for the whispers seemed all- embracing and it was intimated that new names would be added to the original list to include those who fraternized with the ones outside the pale.- "The Settling of the Sage", Hal G. Evarts.