Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) fail to produce the intended goal or result
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    • the plan misfired
  • Analysis

    To misfire a gun means to fail to fire it properly. To 'misfire' in terms of a plan or project means to fail to produce the intended or desired result. A misfire (noun) is a failure to fire a missile or gun correctly.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The police officer aimed his gun at the armed robber and pulled the trigger, but nothing happened. The gun misfired.
    2. We took a few financial risks which misfired over the years and put us in debt.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Claire has had a few misfires over the years, but generally speaking her plans are well-thought-out and successful.
    2. I started my speech at the conference with a joke to lighten the mood, but it ended up misfiring badly. I think I offended quite a few people.
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