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recoilverb [I]

uk   /rɪˈkɔɪl/  us   /rɪˈkɔɪl/
to move back because of fear or disgust (= dislike or disapproval): He leaned forward to kiss her and she recoiled in horror. I recoiled from the smell and the filth.
to refuse to accept an idea or principle, feeling strong dislike or disapproval: She wondered how it would be to touch him and recoiled at the thought.

recoilnoun [U]

uk   /ˈriː.kɔɪl/  us   /ˈriː.kɔɪl/
(Definition of recoil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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recoilverb [I]

 us   /rɪˈkɔɪl/
to make a sudden movement away from something esp. because of fear or disgust: fig. Sun-worshipers might recoil in horror at the chilling winds and rough seas, but we loved the place.

recoilnoun [U]

 us   /ˈri·kɔɪl, rɪˈkɔɪl/
the sudden, backward movement that a gun makes when it is fired
(Definition of recoil from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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