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blowback

/ (ˈbləʊˌbæk) /
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noun
the escape to the rear of gases formed during the firing of a weapon or in a boiler, internal-combustion engine, etc
the action of a light automatic weapon in which the expanding gases of the propellant force back the bolt, thus reloading the weapon
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