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re·coil • v. / riˈkoil/ [intr.] suddenly spring or flinch back in fear, horror, or disgust: he recoiled in horror. ∎  feel fear, horror, or disgust at the thought or prospect of something; shrink mentally: Renee felt herself recoil at the very thought. ∎  (of a gun) move abruptly backward as a reaction on firing a bullet, shell, or other missile. ∎  rebound or spring back through force of impact or elasticity: the muscle has the ability to recoil. ∎  (recoil on/upon) (of an action) have an adverse reactive effect on (the originator): the soothsayers agreed that all the dangers would recoil on the heads of those who were in possession of the entrails. • n. / ˈrēˌkoil; riˈkoil/ the action of recoiling: his body jerked with the recoil of the rifle.

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recoil

recoil †beat or drive back XIII; retreat, retire XIV; †go or draw back XV; spring back XVI. — (O)F. reculer — Rom. *recūlāre, f. L. RE- + cūlus posteriors.
Hence sb. XVI (once XIV).

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