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flash back

1. verb To momentarily show or describe a past time or occurrence, as in a book, movie, or TV show. I liked that part when the narrator flashed back to all the times she had encountered the strange man before.
2. verb To unexpectedly recall or re-experience something from the past. That particular smell always makes me flash back to my childhood.
3. noun An instance in which someone recalls or re-experiences something from the past. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. That particular smell always makes me have a momentary childhood flashback.
See also: back, flash

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

flashback

n. a memory of the past; a portrayal of the past in a story. Suddenly, Fred had a wonderful flashback to his childhood.
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Flash back 250 million years, to the Permian period, long before the first dinosaur ever laid tracks: All land on Earth is massed together into one huge, perhaps tropical supercontinent called Pangaea.
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At present, he says, Earth's atmosphere is about 10 times as effective as the debris at shortening the length of time protons remain trapped in the radiation belts as they flash back and forth from pole to pole along the magnetic field lines.
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And Mitchell would flash back to a defining moment from his youth and vow things would be different for young Dallas.
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