blanch at (something)

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blanch at (something)

To balk or hesitate when faced with something unpleasant. This phrase can also include or describe one's visible paleness, as to "blanch" something means to whiten it. All of my friends ran into the creepy haunted house, but I blanched at the sight of it. Stella blanched at the plate of cooked ants that had been set before her.
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blanch at something

Fig. to cringe at something; to become pale at the thought of something. Jill blanched at the thought of swimming in that cold water. Lily blanched at the sight before her.
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References in classic literature ?
Adam's young bride was proud of her man, but she blanched at the thought of the ghastly White Worm.
When the broccoli was blanched at 76 C for 145 seconds, its lipoxygenase content was inactivated by more than 90%.
The water was drained off and the beans were then blanched at 98[degrees]C for 15 minutes.