recoil

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Synonyms for recoil

jerk back

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draw back

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jerking back

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kickback

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Synonyms for recoil

to jerk backward, as a gun upon firing

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to draw away involuntarily, usually out of fear or disgust

an act of drawing back in an involuntary or instinctive fashion

Synonyms for recoil

the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired

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draw back, as with fear or pain

come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect

spring back, as from a forceful thrust

References in classic literature ?
He shrank from forcing himself as a friend on Hardyman's valet: he recoiled from the idea of tempting the man to steal a specimen of his master's handwriting.
After reading one or two of the more coherent passages Henry recoiled from the ever-darkening horror of the story.
I confess I recoiled from pursuing the inquiry which I had deliberately set myself to make.
And thus his trick recoiled on him, for he now carried on his back a double burden.
Countless men have glimpsed that other and truer order of truth and recoiled from it.
Her mind glanced back once or twice to the time when she had courted privation, when she had thought all longing, all impatience was subdued; but that condition seemed irrecoverably gone, and she recoiled from the remembrance of it.