from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A flame produced in the breech of a gun by ignition of residual gases.
  • noun A burst of something aimed back at its origin; a backfire.


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  • Why, there, if a college student comes downtown with a flareback coat and heart-shaped trousers and one of those nifty little pompadour hats that are brushed back from the brow to give the brains a chance to grow, they arrest him for collecting a crowd and disturbing traffic.

    At Good Old Siwash


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