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The situation is: you suddenly see something horrifying in front of you (big spider, poisonous snake, etc.) In terror, you "fall/lunge backwards" while still facing the "horrible being", and you try to crawl backwards from it as fast as possible.

What would be the best word/phrase to fit that "falling backwards" described above?

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to recoil vocabulary.com

draw back, as with fear or pain

to recoil TFD

  1. to fall back

As in:

He recoiled upon seeing the snake in his path.

  • Is recoil more of the step back in fear, or fall back in fear? – Vadzim Savenok Sep 16 '18 at 23:43
  • fall back dcitation added to my answer. – lbf Sep 16 '18 at 23:52

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