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.
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.