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recoil
used in Dracula

4 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
  • The coastguard ran aft, and when he came beside the wheel, bent over to examine it, and recoiled at once as though under some sudden emotion.
    Chapter 7 (33% in)
  • Van Helsing forced back the leaden flange, and we all looked in and recoiled.
    Chapter 16 (7% in)
  • She recoiled from it, and, with a suddenly distorted face, full of rage, dashed past him as if to enter the tomb.
    Chapter 16 (40% in)
  • This, as we looked, trailed under the door, which with the recoil from its bursting open, had swung back to its old position.
    Chapter 21 (55% in)

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