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recoil
used in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

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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
  • Don't do it, Norah thought; David couldn't seem to see how much Paul recoiled at David's suggestions for his future.
    p. 176.9

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