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misfire (v.)

1752, of a gun, "to fail in firing;" by 1893 of an internal combustion engine; see mis- (1) "badly, wrongly" + fire (v.). Perhaps the first element is miss (v.); to miss fire, of a gun, is attested by 1727. Related: Misfired; misfiring. Figurative use by 1942. The noun is attested from 1839 in reference to a gun or cannon.

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Definitions of misfire
1
misfire (n.)
an explosion that fails to occur;
Synonyms: dud
misfire (n.)
a failure to hit (or meet or find etc);
Synonyms: miss
2
misfire (v.)
fail to fire or detonate;
The guns misfired
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