used in A Great and Terrible Beauty
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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
- Felicity slithers off the rock and drags herself along the ground with her hands, leaning close to Ann, who recoils, her back against the cave wall.
Chapter 13 (75% in)
- I recoil.
Chapter 32 (59% in)
There are no more uses of "recoil" in A Great and Terrible Beauty.