backdraught

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backdraught

(ˈbækˌdrɑːft) or

backdraft

n
1. a reverse movement of air, gas, or liquid
2. an explosion that occurs when air reaches a fire that has used up all the available oxygen, often occurring when a door is opened to the room containing the fire
References in classic literature ?
They stopped up their ears to the musket shots, closed their shutters, barricaded their doors, allowed the matter to be concluded with or without the watch, and the next day it was said in Paris, "Etienne Barbette was broken open last night.
The Theodore Roosevelt let fly at once with the big guns in her forward barbette, but the shells burst far below the Vogel-stern, and forthwith a dozen single-man drachenflieger were swooping down to make their attack.
came the thunder of its bomb flung neatly at the forward barbette, and a thin little crackling of rifle shots in reply.