- 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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Historical Examples of flareback
The Dreadnought Boys had beaten the flareback at its own grisly game.
The flareback had come like a bolt from the blue while the gun crew, still cheering Jim Cooper's second hit, were reloading.