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flareback

[flair-bak] /ˈflɛərˌbæk/
noun
1.
a blast of flame that sometimes issues from the breech of a large gun or cannon when it is opened after firing.
2.
a brief, unexpected recurrence:
a flareback of winter in May.
Origin of flareback
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05; noun use of verb phrase flare back
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  • In this way a flare-back was avoided and the oil blazed where the flame was needed.

    Inventions of the Great War

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • Pig-Iron explained that a flare-back had flooded the place with molten metal, setting everything inflammable on fire.

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