Meaning of “flashback” in the English Dictionary

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"flashback" in British English

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flashbacknoun

uk /ˈflæʃ.bæk/ us /ˈflæʃ.bæk/

C2 [ C or U ] a short part of a film, story, or play that goes back to events in the past:

The novel began with a flashback to the hero's experiences in the war.

C2 [ C usually plural ] a sudden, clear memory of a past event or time, usually one that was bad:

I kept having flashbacks of her lying there bleeding.

(Definition of “flashback” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"flashback" in American English

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flashbacknoun [ C ]

us /ˈflæʃˌbæk/

literature a memory, or a short part of a movie, story, or play describing past events:

This party is like a ’70s flashback.

(Definition of “flashback” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)