- v. To recoil
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bookbinding) 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.
“Sometimes twigs crackled and broke, and, once, they heard bush-branches press aside and spring back into place.”
“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.”
“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.”
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