recoil at the sight

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recoil at the sight (of someone or something)

To shrink back, cower, or cringe upon seeing someone or something. Children recoiled at the sight of the man after his face was disfigured in that accident. We all recoiled at the sight of such a gruesome accident. Some may recoil at the sight, but blood and gore has never bothered me in the slightest. I suppose it's part of the reason I got into forensic pathology.
See also: recoil, sight, someone

recoil at the sight (of someone or something)

 and recoil at the thought (of someone or something)
Fig. to flinch or cringe at the sight or thought of someone or something. Sally recoiled at the sight of Gerry, who had said something unspeakable. Mary recoiled at the very thought.
See also: recoil, sight
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Most of us recoil at the thought of needles, but studies suggest the treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine can boost immunity and reduce inflammation.
While some players may recoil at the thought of a three-month slog ahead of the first league game, the skipper is one man who enjoys a summer at the coal face.
However, they recoil at the thought that they may be "macho" or "machista.
Today, however, almost all of us recoil at the thought of God wiring masses of people in such a way that they can't help falling into hell.
Why is it that we can eat prawns but recoil at the thought of witchety grubs?
Twisted Wheel are not named after the legendary Northern Soul club of the same name and recoil at the thought of being pigeon-holed as a 'northern band'.
TWISTED WHEEL (pictured) are not named after the legendary Northern Soul club of the same name (though they are aware of it), and recoil at the thought of being pigeon-holed as a "northern band".
Many people recoil at the thought of it, but they've never given it a try.
Many women recoil at the thought of baring their arms in sleeveless dresses or blouses, but not Michelle Obama -- half of the fabulously fit new first couple.
Doesn't Bush realize that the parents of the nation's young volunteer servicemen and women recoil at the thought of prisoners being shackled in stress positions, unable to stand or sit, until they defecate on themselves and pass out from pain?
Before you recoil at the thought, American Funds is one of the most well-respected fund families and offers well seasoned managers--the average tenure for this fund is nearly 10 years--with one manager guiding the fund since 1984.
I know some people recoil at the thought of addicts sitting around shooting up but we are living with the alternative and it's not working.
AS Everton supporters recoil at the thought of David Moyes possibly being forced to scrabble around the loan market for new faces this month, it's worth remembering the impact of the last such mid-season arrival at Goodison.
You may recall (and recoil at the thought of) the throngs of sweaty scantily clad clubbers on Sky One's Ibiza Uncovered.
Did the queen recoil at the thought of Diana marrying the Egyptian playboy who died alongside her?