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flash back (to someone or something)

to return briefly to a view of someone or something in the past. (In films, literature, and television.) The story suddenly flashed back to Tom when he was a child. The story flashed back to Tom's childhood.
See also: back, flash

flash back

v.
1. To undergo a change of scene to a previous point in time as a narrative device: In this chapter, the main character flashes back to her youth.
2. To remember or reexperience a previous point in time, usually suddenly: Whenever he hears sirens, he flashes back to his service in Vietnam.
See also: back, flash
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Flash back again to six years earlier, and Seymour is an eligible heiress insisting she will marry for love.
Influences of grander, more potent efforts, like Paths Of Glory, are obvious as we flash back from the trenches and over the lives of two brothers, played by Jack O'Connell and George MacKay.
GOLF: No prizes for guessing what Graeme McDowell's mind will flash back to just before he starts the Qatar Masters today.
Then I got a flash back to her Big Brother stint where, as my picture shows, not only was she happy to slip into a bikini for the cameras - she was also delighted to whip it off and bare all
Dogs flash back to their early days as wolves when they howl at the full moon or pace in a circle before lying down.
Mindset X is one of those bands, one that can make listeners of a certain age flash back to playing "Dungeons & Dragons" in their friend's basement while listening to Rush, Metallica and, of course, Ozzy.
Any spark or naked flame, would have then caused the gas to ignite and flash back to the cylinder.
Spiky and hardedged, it's still eminently catchy but the lilting harmonies of old have been replaced by spitting retorts and confrontational choruses on tracks like the brilliant Flash Back and new single Rock Steady.
Flash back 100 years, when the health of Americans was at risk with each bite of kielbasas or sauerbraten.
As he prepares to take on all-comers in a martial arts tournament in Shanghai in 1910, we flash back to his childhood and how, humiliated by seeing his father lose a fight, he vowed to uphold the family name.
We flash back to young Steve, his crush on Lisa (though he gives her a black eye, the feelings are mutual) and the charm school ordeal that the entire neighborhood of children has to endure.
The cartoonlike floral images that animate her most recent installations flash back to Pop art--Andy Warhol's flower paintings come to mind--but also establish links with contemporary painting, particularly the loopy doodling style of Laura Owens.
We then flash back to his childhood in Greenland and early encounters with Peary, whose exotic ways and handy new weapons win over the native people.