recoil


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As black beans or pulse come pattering down on to a threshing-floor from the broad winnowing-shovel, blown by shrill winds and shaken by the shovel--even so did the arrow glance off and recoil from the shield of Menelaus, who in his turn wounded the hand with which Helenus carried his bow; the spear went right through his hand and stuck in the bow itself, so that to his life he retreated under cover of his men, with his hand dragging by his side--for the spear weighed it down till Agenor drew it out and bound the hand carefully up in a woollen sling which his esquire had with him.
But it was too late to recede, so we moved on slowly, my companion in advance casting eager glances under the trees on each side, until all at once I saw him recoil as if stung by an adder.
interrupted the veteran, in a voice that startled his hearers, and which actually caused his own forces to recoil several paces; surrender, Benjamin Pengullan, or expect no quarter.
But to me she extended her hand with a slight stiffening, as it were a recoil of her person, combined with an extremely straight glance.
There was a moment when my suspense on this point was so acute that I all but broke out with the question, and what kept it back was but a kind of instinctive recoil (lest it should be a mistake), from the last violence of self-exposure.
Miss Staverton met her honest glare with a smile and the profession that she herself certainly would recoil from such an adventure.
Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.
The next moment Grayne had turned on the lights, and he saw he had only stumbled against one of the revolving bookstands that had swung round and struck him; but his involuntary recoil had revealed to him his own subconscious sense of something mysterious and monstrous.
As he approached her he found time to wish that he could recoil.
Your husband little thought how his teaching would recoil upon him
Now we're coming to hard facts," he thought, conscious in himself of the same instinctive recoil that he had so often criticised in his mother and her contemporaries.
Must I then be untrue to my past history; recoil before obstacles that are not serious; requite with cowardly hesitation what both the English Government and the Royal Society of London have done for me?