One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the rebels were repelled by army units’
fight off, repulse, drive away, drive back, put to flight, force back, beat back, push back, thrust back
hold off, ward off, fend off, stand off, stave off, parry, keep at bay, keep at arm's length
foil, check, frustrate
British see off
informal send packing
2‘the polypropylene cover will repel water’
be impervious to, be impermeable to, keep out, be resistant to, resist
attract, absorb, let through
3‘the thought of kissing him repelled me’
revolt, disgust, repulse, sicken, nauseate, make someone feel sick, turn someone's stomach, be repulsive to, be extremely distasteful to, be repugnant to, make shudder, make someone's flesh creep, make someone's skin crawl, make someone's gorge rise, put off, offend, horrify
informal turn off, give someone the creeps, give someone the heebie-jeebies, make someone want to throw up
North American informal gross out
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