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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People are struggling to pay bills on their current incomes and they recoiled at the thought of this increase and the increased difficulty they would have in meeting their weekly and monthly bills.
But Robert Brown recoiled at the thought of putting his son's fate in the hands of a public defender.
Though most commentators have recoiled at the thought that child sacrifice was practiced within normative Israelite religion, L.