recoil :

Search Words
You can search or browse for words

recoil

ree kaw il

  • n  the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
  • n  a movement back from an impact
  • v  draw back, as with fear or pain
  • v  come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect
  • v  spring back; spring away from an impact
  • v  spring back, as from a forceful thrust

  • The heavy recoil knocked the embarrassed rifleman to the ground as the weapon sprayed bullets in all directions.
  • Like steak-house owners trying to raise vegetarians, we idealize youth and sexiness but recoil if our young want to be sexy.
  • They also recoil from any demonstration of the possibilityindeed, the popularityof free elections.
News & Articles

  • Santa Cruz skier Elyse Saugstad goes up against the guys in big mountain ski film contest
    Elyse Saugstad starts with throwing a snowmobile down off its trailer. Then she flexes a little muscle, tugging on its recoil starter just once before the sled roars to life. With that, the seasonal Santa Cruz resident is off on a mission to conquer the untouched powder beds and rugged big mountain skiing in Whistler's backcountry. This is Saugstad's life as a professional skier. Set it to a ...
    June 16, 2013 - Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • Here Are The 7 Toughest Interview Questions In The UK
    When it come to interview questions there are several types of tough – from the incredibly technical to the daft, via the ones where you are supposed to talk about your bad points in a way that doesn't make the prospective employer recoil.
    June 15, 2013 - Business Insider
  • Why Jamie Lynn-Sigler Doesn't Mind Being Photographed Pregnant in a Bikini
    (Getty) Most pregnant women would recoil at the idea of being photographed in a bikini , but actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler doesn't mind it one bit. Sigler, who is expecting her first child with fiancé Cutter Dykstra , told People magazine during her recent baby shower (which benefiting the children’s charity Baby Buggy ), “I would probably not be caught in a bikini otherwise, but when you’re ...
    June 14, 2013 - Zimbio
Quotes

  • President Bush in CTV.ca
    But Bush said the US will never "recoil and retreat." "We did not charge hundreds of miles into the heart of Iraq and pay a bitter cost of casualties and liberate 25 million people only to retreat before a band of thugs and assassins."
  • David Plouffe in Boston Globe
    It was seen as a recoil to the tactics of the Clinton campaign,Plouffe said. "So it wasn't just how big we won but kind of why people thought we won that big that provided us more momentum coming out of South Carolina than we thought."
  • Quentin Letts in New York Times
    Quentin Letts pointed out in The Daily Mail that when W. touched Gordon, the prime minister would "recoil like a novice nun at first and later smile in terror," and when W. said he had no problem with Brownie on Iraq, "You could almost see...

Bee Dictionary: Search, browse, look at common errors, idioms and more.