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used in Unbroken by Hillenbrand

5 uses
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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
  • Louie was recoiling when he saw an oar swing past, sending the animal backward into the ocean.
    p. 161.1
  • A gust of fetid odor rose from the body, and all three men recoiled.
    p. 143.5
  • Louie recoiled, pulling his legs toward his body.
    p. 155.4
  • As he recoiled, the Quack saw him, pounded over, and punched him a dozen times.
    p. 224.2
  • She recoiled, gasping, crying out.
    p. 367.3

There are no more uses of "recoil" in Unbroken by Hillenbrand.

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