Definition of flashback in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflaʃbak/


1A scene in a film, novel, etc. set in a time earlier than the main story: in a series of flashbacks, we follow the pair through their teenage years [mass noun]: the movie tells the story in flashback
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  • The talk show framing device allows Ricky (hidden in the shadows) to narrate his story in flashback.
  • The story is narrated in flashback by Louis, in a letter written from his prison cell.
  • While the film's story is told in flashback, it is certainly a look forward, into the future, for its director.
1.1A disturbing sudden vivid memory of an event in the past, typically as the result of psychological trauma or taking LSD.
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  • The disorder is thus characterised by involuntary, persistent remembering or reliving the traumatic event in flashbacks, vivid memories, and recurrent dreams.
  • If you have PTSD, you may have vivid nightmares, flashbacks, and bad memories.
  • Ordinary events can serve as reminders of the trauma and trigger flashbacks or intrusive images.
2A flame moving rapidly back through a combustible vapour: cooling the area prevented a flashback
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  • The explosion is being blamed on a phenomenon called flashback, where the flame burns too quickly for the gas flowing inside the boiler, so is sucked back to the gas supply, causing the explosion.

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