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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.
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The star formation rate of galaxies is thought to be enhanced by mergers, especially if they contain recoiling black holes.
204, but in an informal Internet poll about 2/3 of respondents said they could--and everybody said they could spot their own shots when using rounds recoiling less than the .
It comes from the factory as a 24 pound, but if you are shooting very light loads in the 700 range I like to install a Wolff 20 pound or even an 18 pound spring so the recoiling slide does not have the weight of the 24 pounder to overcome.
Many a shooter has come away from a day at the range feeling bruised and abused from heavy recoiling ammunition.
Rifles recoiling both hard and fast need a bit more attention.
Two rings on heavy recoiling handguns still tear scopes up.