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recoil at the thought (of someone or something)

To shrink back, cower, or cringe upon thinking about someone or something. I recoiled at the thought of having to put my hand down the toilet. You may recoil at the thought, but amputating the arm is the only way to keep the infection from spreading. She recoiled at the thought of her abusive ex-husband.
See also: recoil, someone, thought

recoil at the sight (of someone or something)

To shrink back, cower, or cringe upon seeing someone or something. Children recoiled at the sight of the man after his face was disfigured in that accident. We all recoiled at the sight of such a gruesome accident. Some may recoil at the sight, but blood and gore has never bothered me in the slightest. I suppose it's part of the reason I got into forensic pathology.
See also: recoil, sight, someone

recoil from (someone or something)

To cower, shrink back, or pull away from someone or something. Children recoiled from the man ever since his face had been disfigured in that accident. We need a leader who won't recoil from doing what's right, even if it's unpleasant.
See also: recoil

recoil at the sight (of someone or something)

 and recoil at the thought (of someone or something)
Fig. to flinch or cringe at the sight or thought of someone or something. Sally recoiled at the sight of Gerry, who had said something unspeakable. Mary recoiled at the very thought.
See also: recoil, sight

recoil from someone or something

to draw back from someone or something. I recoiled from Sally when she told me what she had done. I recoiled from the horror and slammed the door.
See also: recoil
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Optimal gas porting, carrier weight, recoil spring and buffer weight can collectively contribute to making a rifle shoot the way that one did, but the gas system's length played a significant role.
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For the crimp to hold against the stresses of heavy recoil, the crimp die must have a complementary contour with that of the crimp groove, or crimp-failure is very likely.
Remington says the loading produces less recoil than a standard .
Low chamber pressure doesn't always translate to low recoil, but combined with low velocity it is a good place to start.
Also, it will often require modification to the gun in making a suitable opening or cavity in the buttstock to house the recoil reducer.
His professional opinion would probably consider the nature and location of the injury and repair, but a conclusion might also depend on whether he is a shooter, and thus may or may not have any knowledge of the jolt caused by severe recoil.
Despite its reduced weight, women will appreciate the fact it will not kick excessively because it's a gas-operated semi-auto and has Beretta's Kick-Off recoil reducer in the stock.
A common job around the shop is to replace an aging recoil pad or to fit a new pad to an existing firearm.
It has a factory recoil pad and the of pad catch on my jacket or shirt frequently when I mount the gun.
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The Ethos combines the reliability of the proven inertia operating system with light recoil and fast handling, all necessities when a rooster bolts From a cornrow or bobwhites whir out of a honeysuckle tangle.
Water is shortening the life of M230 machine gun recoil mechanisms.
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