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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Recoil
 
  Recoiled as … he had seen a snake in his path.
            —Joseph Conrad
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  Recoiled as if an unclean creature touched him.
            —Richard Henry Dana (1787–1879)
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  Recoiled from its purpose, as from the verge of a crag.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
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  Recoiled, as if she had been face to face with an apparition.
            —Guy de Maupassant
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  Like an over-charged gun, recoil.
            —William Shakespeare
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Recoils, and climbs and closes,
As a wave of the sea turned back.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
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