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Definition of misfire verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they misfire
    he / she / it misfires
    past simple misfired
    -ing form misfiring
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of a plan or joke) to fail to have the effect that you had intended synonym go wrong The boys didn't know that their plot had misfired.
  2. 2(also miss) [intransitive] (of an engine) to not work correctly because the gas does not burn at the right time The car sometimes misfires in cold weather.
  3. 3[intransitive] (of a gun, etc.) to fail to send out a bullet, etc. when fired My rifle misfired twice. compare backfire
noun How do you repair an engine misfire? the misfire of a weapon
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