But we recoiled against the idea that the only way to secure them was to work hard enough and long enough to own them.
As a teenager, I recoiled from this image of my father as a violent mess, and I began to build a better version in my own mind.
I called Tony to thank him, but instead of accepting the thanks he recoiled.
I leaned out of the window but recoiled with disgust, for the young man with the pasty face stood below in the churchyard.
Clinton recoiled from the gesture, which seemed either patronizing or restraining, or both.
Aggy turned with a startled defiance, but at sight of Quinn's face she recoiled.
He recoiled from the future, and at the moment of recoil came this offer of release.
He had flown at them in weak passion, he had recoiled as weakly, he had left them to call him coward.
For a moment he recoiled as though he had received a blow between the eyes.
He stooped and prepared to raise it, but recoiled again before his hands had touched the body.
early 13c. (transitive) "force back, drive back," from Old French reculer "to go back, give way, recede, retreat" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *reculare, from Latin re- "back" (see re-) + culus "backside, bottom, fundament." Meaning "shrink back, retreat" is first recorded c.1300; and that of "spring back" (as a gun) in 1520s. Related: Recoiled; recoiling.
c.1300, "retreat," from Old French recul "recoil, backward movement, retreat," from reculer (see recoil (v.)). Meaning "back-kick of a firearm" is from 1570s.