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recoil
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Nicholas Nickleby
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  • ’Dear me, child!’ exclaimed Madame Mantalini, recoiling in surprise.
  • But now, he starts into full wakefulness, recoils a step or two, and gazes out before him with eager wildness in his eye.
  • As he turned his face, Ralph recoiled a step or two, and making as though he were irresistibly impelled to express astonishment, but was determined not to do so, sat down with well-acted confusion.
  • Mr Mantalini, who had doubtless well considered his part, no sooner heard these words pronounced in a tone of grief and severity, than he recoiled several paces, assumed an expression of consuming mental agony, rushed headlong from the room, and was, soon afterwards, heard to slam the door of an upstairs dressing-room with great violence.
  • ’How!’ exclaimed Mrs Crummles, with a tragic recoil.

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  • Most Americans recoil at the thought of government using torture.

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