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  • v. To recoil

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a back with a curved piece of thin sheet iron or of stiff pasteboard fastened to the inside, the effect of which is to make the leaves of a book thus bound (as a ledger or other account or blank book) spring up and lie flat.

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Examples

  • Sometimes twigs crackled and broke, and, once, they heard bush-branches press aside and spring back into place.

    CHAPTER II

  • But the rewards of the winter season seemed richer in her childhood memories, back before she had these tiresome women to govern — the silly affectations of Lurlinemas, which even professed maunts in their strictness remembered with pleasure — the spectacle of sunlight staining birch shadows into the snow like laundry blueing — the way snow fell up as well as down, if the wind had its way — of course, the way birds returned, stitching the spring back into place by virtue of melody.

    Son of a Witch

  • Deep in his throat, in an animal-like way, Hans's rage still rumbled, and several times he made as though to spring back upon his prey and was only prevented by the woman's swiftly interposed body.

    THE UNEXPECTED

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