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Another word for recoil

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Verb
  1. To jerk backward, as a gun upon firing

      1. To spring or bounce back after hitting or colliding with something.
      2. To recover, as from depression or disappointment.
      3. To reecho; resound.
    See also:

    forward

  2. To draw away involuntarily, usually out of fear or disgust

      1. To shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flinch.
      2. A shrinking or startled movement or gesture.
      1. To begin a movement, activity, or undertaking:
      2. To move on the initial part of a journey:
      3. To have a beginning; commence:
      1. Easily startled; timid:
      2. Tending to avoid contact or familiarity with others; retiring or reserved:
      3. Characterized by reserve or diffidence:
      1. To become or appear to become smaller:
      2. To become smaller from exposure to heat, moisture, or cold:
      3. To become reduced in amount or value; dwindle:
      1. Any of various primarily ground-dwelling birds of the genus Coturnix, especially C. coturnix, small in size and having mottled brown plumage and a short tail.
      2. Any of various similar or related birds of the Americas, such as the bobwhite or the California quail.
      1. To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain.
      2. To recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink.
      3. An act or instance of starting, wincing, or recoiling.
      1. To shrink back, as in fear; cower.
      2. To behave in a servile way; fawn.
      3. An act or instance of cringing.
      1. To draw back or shy away, as from fear; flinch.
Noun
  1. An act of drawing back in an involuntary or instinctive fashion

      1. To shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flinch.
      2. A shrinking or startled movement or gesture.
      1. To become or appear to become smaller:
      2. To become smaller from exposure to heat, moisture, or cold:
      3. To become reduced in amount or value; dwindle:
      1. To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain.
      2. To recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink.
      3. An act or instance of starting, wincing, or recoiling.
      1. To shrink back, as in fear; cower.
      2. To behave in a servile way; fawn.
      3. An act or instance of cringing.

Another word for recoil

Verb
  1. See also:

    retreat