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recoil
used in Atlas Shrugged

6 uses
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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
  • She shook her head in an involuntary recoil of horror.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (62% in)
  • A dim impulse, like the recoil of an antagonist, made her want to check on what strength was left to her.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (4% in)
  • She felt a stab of horror, the convulsion of a mind rejecting a sight that would destroy it-a stab like a swift recoil from the edge of insanity.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (39% in)
  • She had been flung here by the blind panic of escape, as if it were she who had to hide, she who had to run from the ugliness of being seen in the act of seeing them-a panic made of revulsion, of pity, of embarrassment, of that mental chastity which recoils from confronting a man with the unanswerable proof of his evil.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (84% in)
  • He was seeing the nature of those who, for centuries, had not recoiled from the preachers of annihilation-he was seeing the nature of the enemies he had been fighting all his life.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (41% in)
  • Then, as if by some dim recoil against self-pity, he added, reciting a memorized lesson, his voice a desperate attempt at his old, cynical, intellectual tone, "What does it matter, Mr. Rearden?
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (78% in)

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