About half an hour after I joined the line, my friend Laura Ingraham arrived with her producer—surveyed the line—and blanched.
Ronstadt was one of several Arizonans who blanched at the gloomy face the governor had drawn on the state.
We blanched when facials at some exclusive salons hit the $400 mark just a couple of years ago.
"to make white, turn pale," c.1400, from Old French blanchir "to whiten, wash," from blanc "white" (11c.; see blank (adj.)). Originally "to remove the hull of (almonds, etc.) by soaking." Intransitive sense of "to turn white" is from 1768. Related: Blanched; blanching.
"to start back, turn aside," 1570s, variant of blench. Related: Blanched; blanching.