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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Ralston recoils at the thought of a union sympathizer replacing him on the council.
It's just the start of the unpleasantness for Travers, who recoils at the thought of handing over her very precious characters -- "my family,'' she says -- to Disney.
My mum, for instance, recoils at the thought of salad leaves.
Hodgson recoils at the thought of his career being judged on the six qualifying fixtures, and potentially two play-off matches, that litter the path to South America in 16 months time.
The midfielder still recoils at the thought of being stretchered off after a clash of with Real's Nuri Sahin in Philadelphia but he insists there are no mental scars.
Bloom postures and pouts with equal fervour while Depp press gangs the few decent one-liners, such as when Jack recoils at the thought of taking Davy Jones's place at the helm of the Flying Dutchman.
Unlike Pelham, who recoils at the thought of becoming a walking scandal, Paul embraces excess to refute stereotypical images associated with the black race.
The former hitman still recoils at the thought of the Atletico thuggery that wrecked the 1974 European Cup semi-final between the clubs and had Jimmy Johnstone fearing for his life.
Bloom postures and pouts with equal fervour while Depp pressgangs the few decent one-liners, like when Jack recoils at the thought of taking Davy Jones' place at the helm of the Flying Dutchman.
But it seems society recoils at the thought of lesbians and homosexuals raising children.
The former striker still recoils at the thought of the Atletico thuggery that wrecked the 1974 European Cup semi-final between the clubs and had Jimmy Johnstone fearing for his life.