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Definition of flashback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a recession of flame to an unwanted position (as into a blowpipe)
2a : interruption of chronological sequence (as in a film or literary work) by interjection of events of earlier occurrence also : an instance of flashback
b : a past incident recurring vividly in the mind

flash back

flashed back; flashing back; flashes back

Definition of flash back (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to focus one's mind on or vividly remember a past time or incident usually used with to flashed back to my childhood
2 : to employ a flashback (as in a film) usually used with to

Examples of flashback in a Sentence

Noun The character's childhood was described in a series of flashbacks. He's having flashbacks of his days in the war.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It’s a flashback scene in which viewers are finally introduced to deceased brother Michael (Jon Bernthal). Kathleen Squires, WSJ, 14 July 2022 To note, James was only featured in a flashback scene during the second film. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2022 The Staples Singers plays during an integral flashback scene, Kosinski says, that same song was actually playing on set—no post-production decision-making happening here. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 17 June 2022 Something as simple as having a member of the Eternals in a flashback scene would have sufficed. Chris Smith, BGR, 11 May 2022 In a flashback scene, Mabel looked stylish in an embellished mini dress with a zebra print coat. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 5 May 2022 The film’s opening flashback scene, which was shot on a frozen lake about two hours to the west of Oslo, was another challenging assignment for the effects team. Ramin Zahed, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2022 And Darrington doubles as Jackson’s taskmaster father, Joseph, portrayed in one flashback scene as hitting Little Michael for daring to stand up to him. Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2022 In one flashback scene, Ball is shown losing her contract at RKO Pictures. Marc Malkin, Variety, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of flashback


1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Flashback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashback. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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