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    Arrow Backfire In His Face

    From some conversation among native speakers:

    "The plan could backfire in his face."

    "Backfire", as used here, means the plan could fail and negatively affect the participant. So what does "in his face" add?

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    Re: Backfire In His Face

    Absolutely nothing. A backfire will be in your face. The expression is redundant here. Either say it will backfire, or say it will blow up in his face.

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