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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

recoil from someone or something

to draw back from someone or something. I recoiled from Sally when she told me what she had done. I recoiled from the horror and slammed the door.
See also: recoil
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LAST WATCH: Terry Dean on the continuous annealing line at the Corus plant , Ebbw Vale; Pictures: David Hurst; LAST OF THE LINE: Stuart Phillips, a recoiler, rests on the last tinplate coil to be produced at Ebbw Vale; Picture: Nick Treharne; SAYING GOODBYE: Justin Harding with his one-year-old son Dylan - they will be moving with Justin's partner to the Corus plant in Holland
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