Meaning of “recoil” in the English Dictionary

(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)