toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

recoil
used in Great Expectations

4 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
to move backward suddenly (sometimes figuratively)
especially:
  • the backward jerk of a gun or cannon when it is fired
  • when a person flinches (suddenly draws back) from someone or something, as with fear, disgust, or pain
  • when a person is emotionally repulsed, as by disgust
  • when something intended to go in one direction figuratively falls back in the opposite direction; for example, a story told to hurt someone that comes back to hurt the teller
  • I asked, recoiling from the brute, as Wemmick spat upon his eyebrow and gave it a rub with his sleeve.
    Chapter 24 (60% in)
  • I looked at him attentively then, and recoiled a little from him; but I did not know him.
    Chapter 39 (25% in)
  • "Look'ee here!" he went on, taking my watch out of my pocket, and turning towards him a ring on my finger, while I recoiled from his touch as if he had been a snake, "a gold 'un and a beauty: that's a gentleman's, I hope!
    Chapter 39 (65% in)
  • The imaginary student pursued by the misshapen creature he had impiously made, was not more wretched than I, pursued by the creature who had made me, and recoiling from him with a stronger repulsion, the more he admired me and the fonder he was of me.
    Chapter 40 (93% in)

There are no more uses of "recoil" in Great Expectations.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®Wikipedia - Recoil (gun)