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misfire

[′mis‚fīr]
(chemistry)
Failure of fuel or an explosive charge to ignite properly.
(electronics)
Failure to establish an arc between the main anode and the cathode of an ignitron or other mercury-arc rectifier during a scheduled conducting period.
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Deeds,'' ``Big Daddy'' and ``Anger Management,'' which all grossed $120 million or more domestically, than his occasional box-office misfires, including ``Spanglish,'' ``Little Nicky'' and ``Punch Drunk Love.
He's infatuated with her on first sight and despite her penchant for bad company (John Hurt, Kyle MacLachlan), he seems happy to go along for the ride in this tiresomely offbeat British romantic thriller which misfires at every turn.
But these misfires did not obfuscate the importance of an underlying question.
If your engine misfires or starts hard even with new plugs, you may have "reversed polarity," meaning that the primary leads to your coil are switched and the current is flowing in the wrong direction for the best spark.
The most common reason for a misfire or cut out ( if the engine management light is off ( is the spark plug leads.