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Present participle for suddenly spring or flinch back in fear, horror, or disgust
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“He began to pull up his shirt and the children recoiled in horror.”
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Present participle for 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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Present participle for 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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Present participle for 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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Present participle for to retreat from something frightening or dangerous
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Present participle for to rebound off something wildly in a seemingly random direction
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Present participle for to shy away from, or have misgivings about
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Present participle for hesitate or be unwilling to accept an idea or undertaking
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Present participle for to recur, or break out anew after a dormant period
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Present participle for to take a less aggressive position in a conflict than one previously has or has planned to
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Present participle for vibrate in sound
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Present participle for depart to another place in search of quiet or privacy
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Present participle for act in response to something; respond in a particular way
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Present participle for wander at random
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Present participle for make twisting, squirming movements or contortions of the body
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Present participle for become upset, excited
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Present participle for to move to face in another direction
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Springing back quickly when squeezed or stretched
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Shy or socially timid, not liking to be noticed
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