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II.14 The 'backfire' group

These verbs indicate that a plan or action has a different result from the one intended, often harming the person who planned or did it. The prepositional phrase refers to that person.
Such attacks could backfire on the president's opponents, however.
The verb rebound is sometimes followed by upon instead of on.
The very success of that policy now threatens to rebound upon the government.
  • backfire
  • boomerang
  • rebound
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