Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BACK-FIRE, v. and adv.
1. v. (See quot.)
Abd. 1932 2 :
When the nipple of a flint lock gun became enlarged and the explosion came backwards, the gun was said to backfire. The term came to be used also when a gun “putted” or rebounded.
2. adv. fig.
(1) Of cattle: off in condition.
Sc. 1911 S.D.D. Add.:
In phr. “to gyang back-fire”; used of grazing cattle: to fall off in condition through the failure of grass.
(2) Of persons: away from one's purpose or intention.
Bnff. 1932 2 :
The aul' umman wiz keen on the trip on Setturday nicht, bit noo she's geen back-fire on't.
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