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English definition of “recoil”

recoil

verb [I]     /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 .Making short, sudden movements 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 .Reacting and responding
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