[ flair-bak ]
/ ˈflɛərˌbæk /


a blast of flame that sometimes issues from the breech of a large gun or cannon when it is opened after firing.
a brief, unexpected recurrence: a flareback of winter in May.

Origin of flareback

First recorded in 1900–05; noun use of verb phrase flare back
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Examples from the Web for flare-back

  • Pig-Iron explained that a flare-back had flooded the place with molten metal, setting everything inflammable on fire.

  • 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