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
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'Whose!--I say, whose!' he cried, reeling back, and looking wildly round.
There in the darkness a man blundered into me and sent me reeling back.
And then -- she found herself trembling as if she were reeling back from a precipice.
I saw Moreau reeling back from the Leopard-man's blow.
I parried his first blow with my forearm, at the same time delivering a powerful blow to his jaw that sent him reeling back; but he was at me again in an instant, though in the brief interim I had time to draw my revolver.
We took up at a rural bar-room, after we had gone a few miles, an intoxicated gentleman who climbed upon the roof among the luggage, and subsequently slipping off without hurting himself, was seen in the distant perspective reeling back to the grog-shop where we had found him.
Chonlada Chayanun, tied with Hwang at the start of the final round, crumbled under pressure, reeling back with an opening 38 and limping home with a 73 to wind up third at 213 worth P60,000.
Hwang, who also posted a record 16-stroke romp to win the Philippine Amateur Open crown last year, also became the second Korean to win in the first four legs of the 2018-19 LPGT put up by ICTSI after amateur Lee Ji Hyeon reigned at Camp John Hay in Baguio last October.Chayanun, tied with Hwang at the start of the final round, crumbled under pressure, reeling back with an opening 38 and limping home with a 73 to wind up third at 213 worth P60,000.Despite going four strokes down with six holes to go, Superal knew she still had a chance.
The sudden gas shortage has already shaken up the confidence of industry which was slowly reeling back to normal production after getting some concessions in utilities tariff for five export-oriented industries, they added.
Apple released iOS 9.3.5 on Thursday, and unlike the last update - which appeared to mainly be aimed at reeling back in users who had jailbroken their devices - this software patch fixes critical security flaws.
He claims not to be a politician but he displays the very worst traits of them by reeling back from something that he was implying only a couple of days ago."
In the liner notes to his 2012 album A Tribute to Benny Goodman, Bliss writes: "As a classical clarinetist in the making--learning the ins and outs of stage etiquette and composure, I couldn't help but stare at that man on the front cover, reeling back, clarinet in the air, grin on his face, breaking a 11 the rules." To create the arrangements for the recording and program, Bliss teamed up with pianist Neal Thornton, who had been similarly drawn to Goodman as a young student.
It was their contribution in the Second World War, made at enormous cost in lives, that decisively defeated the Nazi invaders sending them reeling back into the guns of our armies, and the final end to the war in April 1945.
And they are all well aware that any team which piles up points in the first third of the campaign can take an awful lot of reeling back in later in the season.
No Eros here beside the lake to send me reeling back