reel back (from something)

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reel back (from something)

1. To stagger, fall back, or be thrown off balance (from some physical blow or impact). She reeled back from the uppercut her opponent delivered. I reeled back after knocking my head into top of the doorframe.
2. To be shocked, bemused, or unable to think clearly (due to an intense emotional reaction to something). I reeled back from the news that my younger brother had died. We all reeled back after hearing that we'd been selected to participate in the tournament.
See also: back, reel

reel back (from something)

to fall or stagger backwards, as from a blow. The boxer reeled back from the blow, stunned. Another blow to the midsection and he reeled back and fell.
See also: back, reel
References in classic literature ?
He reeled back with a shudder and the same moment the drops became a crimson cataract.
He suddenly released her; he reeled back like a man staggered by a blow, and dropped into a chair.
His hands fell powerless by his side, he reeled back; and with open mouth, and a face of ashy paleness, stood gazing at them in speechless rage: his eyes so prominent, and his face so convulsed and changed by the passions which raged within him, that it would have been difficult to recognise in him the same stern, composed, hard-featured man he had been not a minute ago.
Sarah Pocket came to the gate, and positively reeled back when she saw me so changed; her walnut-shell countenance likewise, turned from brown to green and yellow.
He reeled back and forth, staggered, and clutched hold of Edith with his bound hands for support.
Open quarterfinal, then getting reeled back in by Diego Schwartzman.
2 to hold sway but reeled back with three bogeys in the next four holes although she trailed by just one despite a frontside 36.
Three shots off the Van der Valk after 54 holes, Bibat also moved within two with a birdie on the fifth but reeled back with a costly double-bogey mishap on the ninth.
New York cotton prices reeled back on slow exports.
He deserved it," said Mondilla, who stayed level with Kim after 10 holes but reeled back with bogeys on Nos.
Despite the conditions, Mirza decided to join the early breakaway with five other riders and stayed away until the group was eventually reeled back in with 5km to go.
Samsung successfully reeled back from its Galaxy Note 7 debacle last year, but the company seems to be facing (https://www.sammobile.com/news/some-galaxy-note-8-units-may-be-dying-after-hitting-0-percent-charge/) another battery problem , this time with its Note 8 devices.
He bounced back when second in a Grade One at Leopardstown over Christmas but Richards must surely have been a bit disappointed as Simply Ned looked a likely winner before being reeled back in at the line.
'At the start of the eighth round, he reeled back to the ring post after absorbing a three-punch combination,' reports indicated.
Porte attacked inside the final kilometre but was reeled back in before Zakarin made his decisive move.