And, in the face of this debacle, young people are recoiling.
Almost at once she was on her feet, recoiling from the wall.
He smoked with his lips protruded, spitting every moment, recoiling at every puff.
He was recoiling again, with his muscles quivering from the violence of his efforts, when Miss Jerrold caught his arm.
"Speak not thus,—look not thus," she said, recoiling from him.
He drew each face, recoiling in surprise at the perfect resemblance to the individuals.
He turned and cannoned into a man on the sidewalk, recoiling with an oath.
That many have committed the real wrong of recoiling before the consequences of an open and decided conduct, I am forced to admit.
"No, no; not that," Agatha whispered, recoiling from his touch.
This is a hymn of contrast, the dark of recoiling nature making the background of the rainbow.
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.