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CIDE DICTIONARY
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back fire

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CIDE DICTIONARY

back fire,  
  •  A fire started ahead of a forest or prairie fire to burn only against the wind, so that when the two fires meet both must go out for lack of fuel.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  A premature explosion in the cylinder of a gas or oil engine during the exhaust or the compression stroke, tending to drive the piston in a direction reverse to that in which it should travel; also called a knock or ping.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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