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 ?
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.
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."