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recoil
used in The Return of the King

2 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
  • Before his upraised hand the foul Messenger recoiled, and Gandalf coming seized and took from him the tokens: coat, cloak, and sword.
    5.10 — Book 5 Chapter 10 — The Black Gate Opens (78% in)
  • The hobbits recoiled.
    6.8 — Book 6 Chapter 8 — The Scouring of the Shire (92% in)

There are no more uses of "recoil" in The Return of the King.

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