backfire 裏目に出る

December 11, 2016     =========

☆   backfire  裏目に出る


When a plan or a project backfires, it has the opposite result to the one that you intended. As you know, it’s Christmas season here, and so everyone is in a frenzy, shopping for presents. Rather than guess what my mom wanted, I asked her. Unfortunately, the plan backfired on me! She wanted a Fitbit. That’s OK, but it was more money than I was planning to spend – since it is just Christmas, not her birthday.

Then after buying it for her, she said she’d like it now, rather than at Christmas time, so she can start using it… so now I don’t have anything to actually give her on Christmas day! My plan backfired again! I guess I could wrap up the empty box!! Next time I think I’ll go with my own idea, instead of asking!

Has anything backfired on you recently?