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English definition of “recoil”


verb [I]     /rɪˈkɔɪl/
to react to something with fear or hate: She recoiled in horror at the thought of touching a snake.Reacting and responding
(Definition of recoil verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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