What is another word for recoil?

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Verb
Suddenly spring or flinch back in fear, horror, or disgust
“He began to pull up his shirt and the children recoiled in horror.”
Verb
Feel fear, horror, or disgust at the thought of something
“And still some people might react with disgust at the idea, recoil at the thought of it, or simply say that it's too strong a word.”
Verb
To pull back, especially in disgust, horror or astonishment
“The rifle recoiled as it fired, and the shell exploded about a foot short of the missile.”
Verb
To pull back, especially in disgust, horror or astonishment
“A dictated peace is not a true peace; punitive terms recoil on our own heads.”
Noun
The action of recoiling
“The recoil made his shoulder start hurting again.”
Noun
The act of recoiling
“His reaction was as much a rebuff as a physical recoil.”
Noun
A starting or falling back
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