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Verb: recoil  ri'koy(-u)l
  1. Draw back, as with fear or pain
    "she recoiled when they showed the slaughtering of the calf";
    - flinch, squinch [N. Amer], funk, cringe, shrink, wince, quail, blench
  2. Come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect
    - backfire, backlash
  3. Move back in a roughly opposite direction after an impact
    "The rubber ball recoiled";
    - bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, reverberate, ricochet
  4. Spring back, as from a forceful thrust
    "The gun recoiled into my shoulder";
    - kick back, kick
Noun: recoil  ri'koy(-u)l
  1. The backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
    - kick
  2. A movement back from an impact
    - repercussion, rebound, backlash

Derived forms: recoiled, recoiling, recoils

Type of: bound, come about, fall out, go on, hap [archaic], happen, jump, leap, motion, move, movement, occur, pass, pass off, spring, take place

Encyclopedia: Recoil