mis fire

misfire

[v. mis-fiuhr; n. mis-fahyuhr]
verb (used without object), misfired, misfiring.
1.
(of a rifle or gun or of a bullet or shell) to fail to fire or explode.
2.
(of an internal-combustion engine) to fail to ignite properly or when expected.
3.
to fail to achieve the desired result, effect, etc.: His criticisms completely misfired.
noun
4.
an act or instance of misfiring.

Origin:
1745–55; mis-1 + fire

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misfire (ˌmɪsˈfaɪə)
 
vb
1.  (of a firearm or its projectile) to fail to fire, explode, or ignite as or when expected
2.  (of a motor engine or vehicle, etc) to fail to fire at the appropriate time, often causing a backfire
3.  to fail to operate or occur as intended
 
n
4.  the act or an instance of misfiring

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misfire
1752, of a gun, 1905, of an internal combustion engine; see mis- (1) + fire (v.). The noun is attested from 1839.
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