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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Adam's young bride was proud of her man, but she blanched at the thought of the ghastly White Worm.
Control samples processed in the impingement oven were blanched at 100[degrees]C for 20 min and samples processing in the IR RWO were blanched using two different time/temperature combinations, either 343.3[degrees]C for 1 min or 287.7[degrees]C for 1.5 min (Table 1).
The water was drained off and the beans were then blanched at 98[degrees]C for 15 minutes.
Broccoli heads were processed immediately after purchasing as follows: after washing, they were cut into single florets of 5 cm length and 0.7-0.9 cm width (stem) and blanched at 57[degrees]C for 13 min [12].
Equal groups of the slices were blanched at 95[degrees]C for 0 minutes, 5 minutes and 10 minutes each and then subjected to frying temperature of 170[degrees]C.
When the broccoli was blanched at 76 C for 145 seconds, its lipoxygenase content was inactivated by more than 90%.