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Recoil, 1) to rebound: “the very thought of my revenges that way r. upon me,” Wint. II, 3, 20. “these dread curses, like the sun 'gainst glass, or like an overcharged gun, r. and turn the force of them upon thyself,” H6B III, 2, 331.
2) to go back: “methoughts I did r. twenty three years,” Wint. I, 2, 154. “her will, --ing to her better judgment, may fall to match you with her country forms and happily repent,” Oth. III, 3, 236.
3) to fall off, to degenerate: “a good and virtuous nature may r. in an imperial charge,” Mcb. IV, 3, 19. “you r. from your great stock,” Cymb. I, 6, 128.
4) to shrink: “who then shall blame his pestered senses to r. and start,” Mcb. V, 2, 23.
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