the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
recoil, repercussion, rebound, backlash(verb)
a movement back from an impact
flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail(verb)
draw back, as with fear or pain
"she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
rebound, cower, bound, shrivel up, reverberate, quail, shrink, flinch, funk, shrivel, grovel, spring, ricochet, kick back, cringe, take a hop, wither, backfire, bounce, backlash, resile, reduce, wince, kick, squinch, creep, crawl, squint, contract, fawn
backfire, backlash, recoil(verb)
come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect
"Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"
bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet(verb)
spring back; spring away from an impact
"The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
spring, forswear, rally, throttle, echo, quail, restrict, funk, ring, abjure, trammel, retract, take form, backfire, flinch, form, wince, ricochet, shrink, border, resound, cringe, rebound, reflect, backlash, confine, leap, restrain, squinch, reverberate, jump, take a hop, kick back, bounce, resile, bound, limit, kick, take shape, jounce, recant
kick back, recoil, kick(verb)
spring back, as from a forceful thrust
"The gun kicked back into my shoulder"
rebound, sound off, kick back, quail, spring, flinch, funk, plain, kick, squinch, ricochet, cringe, give up, bounce, backlash, kvetch, wince, quetch, backfire, resile, complain, reverberate, take a hop, shrink, bound
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How to use recoil in a sentence?
It's a bit like seeing a silly film of yourself a bit drunk at a party and being forced to watch it. You recoil somewhat, it's not a place I like to go back to, reliving the old days, (though) I have a degree of affection for the little twit.
If past is prologue, the regime will always move aggressively forward when it senses American weakness and recoil when it sensed American strength.
At man's core there is a voice that wants him never to give in to fear. But if it is true that in general man cannot give in to fear, at the very least he postpones indefinitely the moment when he will have to confront himself with the object of his fear... when he will no longer have the assistance of reason as guaranteed by God, or when he will no longer have the assistance of God such as reason guaranteed. It is necessary to recoil, but it is necessary to leap, and perhaps one only recoils in order to leap better.
Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.
The Diva Package is great for women who have little experience holding a gun, it includes guns with very little recoil like Heckler and Koch MP5. My wife really loves it.
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- Rückstoß, zurückschreckenGerman
- echarse atrás, retrocesoSpanish
- پس زدنPersian
- rekyyli, hätkähtääFinnish
- recul, reculerFrench
- 跳ね返る, 後座, 反動Japanese
- terugslag, terugtrekken, terugdeinzen, terugschrikkenDutch
- tilbakeslag, tilbakestøt, sprette tilbake, springe tilbake, trekke seg tilbake, rekylere, gyse tilbake, spenne tilbake, tilbakevirkning, rekylNorwegian
- recuo, coicePortuguese
- отдача, отпрядывать, отпрянуть, отшатываться, отшатнутьсяRussian
- geri tepmeTurkish
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