recoil at the thought (of someone or something)

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recoil at the thought (of someone or something)

To shrink back, cower, or cringe upon thinking about someone or something. I recoiled at the thought of having to put my hand down the toilet. You may recoil at the thought, but amputating the arm is the only way to keep the infection from spreading. She recoiled at the thought of her abusive ex-husband.
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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.
I recoil at the thought of ad sales, but it is looking like that may be the price we pay for a changing, dynamic, wonderful industry."
The Tories recoil at the thought of associating Britain with anything European these days and like to claim the idea will weaken Britain militarily and will alienate the Americans.
Most people in the United States recoil at the thought of a society so geared toward male offspring that abortion--and even infanticide--is the fate of some baby girls.
Many opposition figures recoil at the thought of national elections because they understand that they have a better chance of influencing things on their own terms if they cut a backroom deal with the Indonesian armed forces.
Here's how the Crimson editors describe "Thought and Change in the Contemporary Middle East," which satisfies the core's foreign cultures requirement: "[Professor Nur] Yalman greeted the masses with a morsel of his winning wit: 'I know you're all here just because there's no final exam." Most professors recoil at the thought of teaching a course rumored to be an amazing gut.
Good news for those who recoil at the thought of the fag-breath snog.
"Millions of Americans believe that life begins at conception and consequently that an abortion is akin to causing the death of an innocent child; they recoil at the thought of a law that would permit it.
I used to recoil at the thought of these mutated dwarfs but I have gradually fallen for them and they are now an essential part of my summer bedding.
We don't want people who well recoil at the thought of doing obits.
Die-hard single-payer advocates, such as Public Citizen and Physicians for a National Health Program, recoil at the thought of compromise.