re ‧ coil /rɪˈkɔɪl/ BrE AmE verb [intransitive]
[ Date: 1100-1200 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: reculer , from cul 'ass' ]
1 . to move back suddenly and quickly from something you do not like or are afraid of
She recoiled from his touch as if she had been slapped.
2 . to feel such a strong dislike of a particular situation that you want to avoid it
He recoils from everything in life that demands hard work.
We recoil in horror from the thought of subjecting someone to extreme pain.
3 . if a gun recoils, it moves backwards very quickly after it has been fired
—recoil /ˈriːkɔɪl/ noun [singular, uncountable] :
The recoil of the gun sent him flying backwards.