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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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