intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo/rɪˈkɔɪl/
- 1.1 (shrink back) retroceder she recoiled in fear el miedo la hizo retroceder, retrocedió de miedo he recoiled at the sight of the corpses retrocedió impresionado al ver los cadáveres to recoil
fromsth rehuir* algo she recoiled from his embrace rehuyó su abrazo the child recoiled from me as if afraid el niño me rehuyó como si tuviera miedo 1.2 [gun] retroceder, dar* un culatazoMore example sentences
- One shot bellowed out, and his gun recoiled, jumping backwards from the force of the bullet ripping from its nozzle.
- The front trigger is articulated to move forward a little when the gun recoils and then you move your finger forward for the right modified barrel.
- The rifle recoiled as it fired, and the shell exploded about a foot short of the missile.
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