recoil ( recoils 3rd person present) ( recoiling present participle) ( recoiled past tense & past participle )
The verb is pronounced rɪkɔɪl. The noun is pronounced ri:kɔɪl.
1 verb If something makes you recoil, 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 recoiled in horror... V
We are attracted by nice smells and recoil from nasty ones. V from n
Recoil is also a noun., n-uncount
...his small body jerking in recoil from the volume of his shouting.
2 verb If you recoilfrom doing something or recoilat the idea of something, you refuse to do it or accept it because you dislike it so much.
People used to recoil from the idea of getting into debt... V from n
She recoiled at the number of young girls who had to live by selling their bodies. V at n
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