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Synonyms of recoil in English:


  • 1 she instinctively recoiled
    draw back, jump back, pull back;
    flinch, shy away, shrink (back)
  • 2 he recoiled from the thought
    feel revulsion at, feel disgust at, be unable to stomach, shrink from, balk at
  • 3 her rifle recoiled
    kick (back), jerk back, spring back
  • 4 this will eventually recoil on him
    have an adverse effect on, rebound on, affect badly, backfire on, boomerang on, come back to haunt
    archaic redound on
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  • 1 the recoil of the gun
    kickback, kick
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