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recoil

verb [I] uk   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.

recoil

noun [U] uk   us   /ˈriː.kɔɪl/
the sudden backward movement that a gun makes when it is fired
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