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Suddenly spring or flinch back in fear, horror, or disgust
“He began to pull up his shirt and the children recoiled in horror.”
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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.”
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To physically jerk, especially in a backward motion
“The rifle recoiled as it fired, and the shell exploded about a foot short of the missile.”
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To pull back, especially in disgust, horror or astonishment
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“A dictated peace is not a true peace; punitive terms recoil on our own heads.”
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To retreat from something frightening or dangerous
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To rebound off something wildly in a seemingly random direction
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To cower or flinch
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To show or feel repugnance for or resistance to something
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To recur, or break out anew after a dormant period
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To take a less aggressive position in a conflict than one previously has or has planned to
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Act in response to something; respond in a particular way
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Wander at random
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To whiten, typically by the removal of color
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Make twisting, squirming movements or contortions of the body
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Become upset, excited
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To move to face in another direction
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The action of recoiling
“The recoil made his shoulder start hurting again.”
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The act of recoiling
“His reaction was as much a rebuff as a physical recoil.”
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A starting or falling back
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A sense of disgust and loathing
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Resilience
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A rebound of a ball or other object
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An act of repeating, or going back to, an earlier state or situation
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An unintended consequence of an event or action, especially an unwelcome one
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The act or state of eschewing or avoiding something
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A sudden move or jump upwards or forwards
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