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2 entries found for backfire.
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Main Entry: 1back·fire
Pronunciation: -secondarystressfimacr(schwa)r
Function: noun
1 : a fire that is set to check the spread of a forest fire or a grass fire by burning off a strip of land ahead of it
2 : a loud noise caused by the improperly timed explosion of fuel in the cylinder of an internal combustion engine

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