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1‘as he leaned towards her, she instinctively recoiled’
draw back, jump back, spring back, jerk back, pull back
flinch, shy away, blench, start, wince, cower, quail
2‘he pictured them in his mind and recoiled from the thought’
feel revulsion at, feel disgust at, feel abhorrence at, be unable to bear, be unable to stomach, shrink from, shy away from, baulk at, hesitate at
3‘his rifle recoiled’
jerk back, spring back, fly back, jump back
4‘his attempts to discredit them will eventually recoil on him’
rebound on, come back on, affect badly
misfire, backfire, boomerang, go wrong, fail to work out, be unsuccessful, go amiss, come to grief, meet with disaster
archaic redound on
1‘the recoil of the gun’
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