n. 25B6; verb
she instinctively recoiled : DRAW BACK, jump back, pull back; flinch, shy away, shrink (back), blench.
he recoiled from the thought : FEEL REVULSION AT, feel disgust at, be unable to stomach, shrink from, baulk at.
his rifle recoiled : KICK (BACK), jerk back, spring back.
this will eventually recoil on him : HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON, rebound on, affect badly, backfire, boomerang; archaic redound on.
25B6; noun the recoil of the gun : KICKBACK, kick.