Definition of 'recoil'
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Before you recoil in horror, I mean his childhood haven. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I still recoil at the memory of the year when there were blue trees outside Buckingham Palace. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Does she set out to be photographed or recoil at the sight of the cameras? The Sun (2008)They may well now recoil after the frenzy of violence. Times, Sunday Times (2008)What you buy depends on whether you want your guests to laugh or recoil in horror! The Sun (2013)At first she recoiled from the idea that her grandfather would soon pass away as well. Christianity Today (2000)But why so strongly and instinctively recoil? Times, Sunday Times (2011)They want us recoil in horror and call off attempts to stop them marauding to power. The Sun (2014)They are either touched by its poetry and humanity or they recoil in horror. Times, Sunday Times (2007)She recoiled in horror when the noble young assistant offered his chaste embrace. A BOOK OF LANDS AND PEOPLES (2003)Competitors and spectators recoiled in horror at the extent of his injuries. The Sun (2013)The instinct of many parents at the thought of their little darling playing rugby is to recoil in horror. Times, Sunday Times (2012)When he suggested dinner, she recoiled in horror. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Or if they did, they would recoil in horror. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Not bringing anything much to the party, not causing bystanders to recoil in horror either. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But she recoiled in horror when the poisonous Chilean rose spider wriggled into life. The Sun (2010)I squeezed the trigger and his gun went flying as his body recoiled. Times, Sunday Times (2009)I mention this idea to a couple of friends and they recoil in horror. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The West recoiled with horror. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)Interestingly, nearly five years on, many who recoiled in horror have changed their tune. Times, Sunday Times (2008)I'd normally recoil at the thought of hotel staff providing entertainment, but here it happened unannounced. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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Translations for 'recoil'
British English: recoil VERB
If something makes you recoil, you move your body quickly away from it because it frightens, offends, or hurts you.
For a moment I thought he was going to kiss me. I recoiled in horror.
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