recoil at the thought (of someone or something)

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.
See also: recoil, someone, thought