recoil at the sight (of someone or something)

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recoil at the sight (of someone or something)

To shrink back, cower, or cringe upon seeing someone or something. Children recoiled at the sight of the man after his face was disfigured in that accident. We all recoiled at the sight of such a gruesome accident. Some may recoil at the sight, but blood and gore has never bothered me in the slightest. I suppose it's part of the reason I got into forensic pathology.
See also: recoil, sight, someone

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
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I feel like nobody else looks at little Cheryl Cole - so pretty, so smiley - and recoils at the sight of the florist shop she has permanently engraved on her lovely body.
His wife dies shortly after delivery and he recoils at the sight of the mewling infant, who looks like an old man with ossified bones and wrinkled skin.
"The cosmological categories embraced by societies and individuals are not necessarily right, and they certainly are not static." (9) Renick cites the example of his great aunt, born and raised in the American South, who still recoils at the sight of an interracial couple.