recoil from (someone or something)

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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.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
After reading one or two of the more coherent passages Henry recoiled from the ever-darkening horror of the story.
She still believed that the late Lord Montbarry had sent her the thousand-pound note, and still recoiled from making use of a present which she persisted in declaring had
After that he recoiled from hurt because he KNEW that it was hurt.
Countless men have glimpsed that other and truer order of truth and recoiled from it.
In vain he said to himself that, if permitted, it would be a divine visitation, a chastisement, a preparation; he recoiled from the imagined burning; and he judged that it must be more for the Divine glory that he should escape dishonor.
Dantes recoiled from the idea of so infamous a death, and passed suddenly from despair to an ardent desire for life and liberty.