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Definitionto move backward suddenly — especially:
- the backward jerk of a gun or cannon when it is fired
- when a person draws back from someone or something, as with fear, disgust, or pain
- Was not the secret told me, in the natural recoil of my heart at the first sight of him, and as often as I have seen him since?Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (53% in)
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