- the spontaneous recurrence of visual hallucinations or other effects of a drug, as LSD, long after the use of the drug has been discontinued.
- recurrent and abnormally vivid recollection of a traumatic experience, as a battle, sometimes accompanied by hallucinations.
Origin of flashback
Examples from the Web for flashback
While excoriating the IRS, Huckabee brings his readers along on a flashback to his youth.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
No, that would be the flashback revelation that Ross and Monica accidentally kissed once at a party.
In a flashback scene, Alicia tries to rebuild her life by interviewing for jobs and returning to work.Julianna Margulies's Favorite 'The Good Wife' Scenes|Julianna Margulies|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To give just one example of the way that culture has influenced how we think about trauma, consider the “flashback.”Surviving War Doesn’t Turn All Veterans into Victims, Sometimes it Helps Them Grow|David Morris|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or when Alvy Singer and Annie watch a flashback of her former boyfriend.
He woke to find Billy gone, and had a momentary panic, a flashback to the day that Fred had gone missing in the night.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town|Cory Doctorow