Synonyms of 'recoil'
to jerk or spring backI recoiled in horror.
to draw back in fear or horrorPeople used to recoil from the idea of getting into debt.
(of an action) to go wrong so as to hurt the person responsible
the act of recoilingHis reaction was as much a rebuff as a physical recoil.
All new fashion starts out as a reaction against existing convention.
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(of a plan) to recoil unexpectedly, harming its originator
The trick boomeranged, though.
to draw back suddenly from pain or something unpleasant
The slightest pressure made her flinch.
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Thesaurus for recoil from the Collins English Thesaurus