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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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.
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.
He sees his latest venture as just giving another lesson, although he accepts many people might recoil at the thought of what he is doing.
Why is it that we can eat prawns but recoil at the thought of witchety grubs?
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?
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.