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recoil
used in The Glass Castle

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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
  • I was too carried away to hold the gun the way Dad had taught me, and the recoil nearly pulled my shoulder out of its socket.
    p. 88.7

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