flinch

1 [flinch]
verb (used without object)
1.
to draw back or shrink, as from what is dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant.
2.
to shrink under pain; wince.
3.
Croquet. to let the foot slip from the ball in the act of croqueting.
verb (used with object)
4.
to draw back or withdraw from.
noun
5.
an act of flinching.

Origin:
1555–65; perhaps nasalized variant of dial. flitch to flit, shift one's position

flincher, noun
flinchingly, adverb


1. recoil, withdraw, blench.
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flinch

2 [flinch]
verb (used with object)
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flinch1 (flɪntʃ)
 
vb
1.  to draw back suddenly, as from pain, shock, etc; wince: he flinched as the cold water struck him
2.  (often foll by from) to avoid contact (with); shy away: he never flinched from his duty
 
n
3.  the act or an instance of drawing back
4.  a card game in which players build sequences
 
[C16: from Old French flenchir; related to Middle High German lenken to bend, direct]
 
'flincher1
 
n
 
'flinchingly1
 
adv

flinch2 (flɪntʃ)
 
vb
a variant of flense

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flinch
1570s, from obsolete flecche "to bend, flinch," probably from O.Fr. flenchir "to bend," from Frank. *hlankjan (cf. M.H.G. linken, Ger. lenken "to bend, turn, lead"). Related: Flinched; flinching.
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Example sentences
Without flinching, she recounts her unhappy childhood.
Do it without flinching, and be prepared to stick up for what you say and what
  you do.
We routinely reported on these arrests without flinching.
Reality ought still to be embraced directly and reported without flinching.
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