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used in Waiting for Godot

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to move backward suddenly (sometimes figuratively)
  • 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
  • Estragon recoils in horror.
    Act 2 (47% in)
recoils = moves backward suddenly
  • Estragon recoils.
    Act 1 (18% in)
  • ESTRAGON: (recoiling before Pozzo).
    Act 1 (32% in)
  • Estragon drops the handkerchief, recoils, staggers about the stage howling with pain.
    Act 1 (53% in)
  • He goes round behind Lucky, approaches him cautiously, puts the hat on his head and recoils smartly.
    Act 1 (75% in)
  • BOY: (recoiling).
    Act 1 (91% in)
  • ESTRAGON: (recoiling).
    Act 2 (66% in)

There are no more uses of "recoil" in Waiting for Godot.

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