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recoil
used in And Then There Were None

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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
  • Then he recoiled with an oath.
    Chapter 12 (70% in)
  • My hand will fall to my side, the revolver, pulled by the elastic will recoil to the door, jarred by the door-handle it will detach itself from the elastic and fall.
    Chapter 16 (99% in)

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