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recoil
used in David Copperfield

5 uses
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Definition to 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
  • That my soul recoiled from punch particularly.
    Chapters 25-27 (64% in)
  • Under the temporary pressure of pecuniary liabilities, contracted with a view to their immediate liquidation, but remaining unliquidated through a combination of circumstances, I have been under the necessity of assuming a garb from which my natural instincts recoil — I allude to spectacles — and possessing myself of a cognomen, to which I can establish no legitimate pretensions.
    Chapters 34-36 (97% in)
  • It made me sick at heart to see, and my hand recoils from writing it.
    Chapters 37-39 (90% in)
  • Rosa Dartle sprang up from her seat; recoiled; and in recoiling struck at her, with a face of such malignity, so darkened and disfigured by passion, that I had almost thrown myself between them.
    Chapters 49-51 (49% in)
  • Rosa Dartle sprang up from her seat; recoiled; and in recoiling struck at her, with a face of such malignity, so darkened and disfigured by passion, that I had almost thrown myself between them.
    Chapters 49-51 (49% in)

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