Now, amid legal tussles with his kids and a judge, that move could backfire on the millionaire, reports Jacqui Goddard.
Republicans also argue that the move will backfire politically.
In Perfect Lives, determined and sometimes desperate attempts to attain perfection tend to backfire.
And so scorning the whole idea of competition just because it can backfire in a tiny minority feels reflexive and unnecessary.
Morrissey condemns William for hunting, and says he hopes his gun will 'backfire in his face'
The backfire had burned for many yards westward, to meet the threatening wave of flame flying on the wings of the wind.
He got three chugs and a backfire into the carburetor, and after that silence.
I felt it was, because it was too sharp for a backfire of an automobile.
They must backfire for a third of a mile before they dared hope the place was safe.
It had caught fire from the backfire of the engine and the exhaust, but was not yet in a decided blaze.
1839, American English, originally "a fire deliberately lit ahead of an advancing prairie fire to deprive it of fuel," from back (adj.) + fire (n.). As a verb in this sense, recorded from 1886. The meaning "premature ignition in an internal-combustion engine" is first recorded 1897. Of schemes, plans, etc., "to affect the initiator rather than the intended object" it is attested from 1912, a figurative use from the accidental back-firing of firearms.