Meaning of RECOIL in English



If something makes you ~, 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 ~ed in horror...

We are attracted by nice smells and ~ from nasty ones.

VERB: V, V from n

Recoil is also a noun.

...his small body jerking in ~ from the volume of his shouting.



If you ~ from doing something or ~ at the idea of something, you refuse to do it or accept it because you dislike it so much.

People used to ~ from the idea of getting into debt...

She ~ed at the number of young girls who had to live by selling their bodies.

VERB: V from n, V at n

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