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Misfire   /mɪsfˈaɪər/   Listen

An explosion that fails to occur.  Synonym: dud.
A failure to hit (or meet or find etc).  Synonym: miss.

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"Misfire" Quotes from Famous Books

... this form of Shock and Awe is its major dependency on intelligence. One must be certain that the will and perceptions of the adversary can be manipulated. The classic misfire is the adversary who is not impressed and, instead, is further provoked to action by the unintended actions of the aggressor. Saddam Hussein and the Iraqis' invasion of Kuwait demonstrate when this Potemkin Village model can backfire. Saddam simply ...
— Shock and Awe - Achieving Rapid Dominance • Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade

... damp) had failed to ignite. The time of all these various acts must be counted in seconds. Powell confessed to me that at this failure he experienced a paralysis of thought, of voice, of limbs. The unexpectedness of this misfire positively overcame his faculties. It was the only thing for which his imagination was not prepared. It was knocked clean over. When it got up it was with the suggestion that he must do something at once or there ...
— Chance • Joseph Conrad

... "Our misfire of last month came within only a fine hair's breadth of the grand coup and caused us proportionately bitter disappointment at the moment. Yet, looking back over the whole affair in a more calm and philosophical spirit, any General, I think, would now be bound to ...
— Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2 • Ian Hamilton

Words linked to "Misfire" :   break down, failure, die, fail, equipment failure, give way, go, give out, break, dud, conk out, breakdown, go bad, miss

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