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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.
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The recoil pulse is basic Newton, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
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.
A buddy invited him to shoot some large-caliber rifles, and he was asking for my opinion on potential ill effects from extensive recoil.
AR's dish out a distinctive type of recoil to the shooter, and most AR's still operate using the original, direct gas-impingement system.
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.
Upon firing, the barrel recoils forward and pulls away from the fired case, which is held by an extractor on the frame.
That wasn't my first bout in the recoil ring, either.
1929) studied conditions under which atoms that were part of a crystal would emit a gamma ray in such a way that the recoil would be spread over all the atoms making up the crystal.
On more than one occasion I have purchased a handgun, which I thought would be good for concealed carry, only to find out the recoil was so severe just firing a couple of rounds brought severe pain and discomfort.
Light recoil lets us get away with minor errors in technique, or at least minimizes the damage.
Shooting Academy), I was impressed by how little muzzle rise his pistol had during recoil (even by Grand Master standards), and how fast he was from shot to shot.
The rifle recoils away from the pressure and horizontal dispersion of the group increases.
The lightweight Freedom gun recoils pretty heavily and the .
A straight stock recoils straight back, with little or no muzzle rise.
It is critical to control the recoil of the handgun so that it recoils back to the aiming point.