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hangfire

[hang-fahyuh r] /ˈhæŋˌfaɪər/
noun
1.
a delay in the detonation of gunpowder or other ammunition, caused by some defect in the fuze.
Origin of hangfire
1890-1895
1890-95; hang + fire
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