Origin of recoil
synonym study for recoil
OTHER WORDS FROM recoilre·coil·ing·ly, adverbnon·re·coil, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH recoilre-coil, recoil
Other definitions for recoil (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-coilre-coil , recoil
How to use recoil in a sentence
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 leaned out of the window but recoiled with disgust, for the young man with the pasty face stood below in the churchyard.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I called Tony to thank him, but instead of accepting the thanks he recoiled.Anthony Lewis’s Cousin Remembers His Kindness to a Young Journalist|Sarah Wildman|March 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"He did not say [the Jews], but I watched as the other senators physically recoiled, as did I," he said.Egypt's President Morsi Warns: Beware the Jewish Controlled Media!|David Frum|January 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Dorothy again caught the furtive glance of the woman's evil eyes, and recoiled from it as if she had trodden upon a snake.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
At the sound Armand recoiled, as at an electric shock, and seized my hand with such force as to give me pain.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias)|Alexandre Dumas, fils
Seized with affright, the princess recoiled to where an ivory crucifix gleamed on a black velvet background.
But he recoiled swiftly, and the arms came together ere falling folded on her bosom.
He recoiled from either of these alternatives; and then suddenly, as he racked his brains, a wild idea flashed over him.Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for recoil
- the backward movement of a gun when fired
- the distance moved