They agreed, and that they might blench the less at death, she gave them a draught of wine.
But she did not blench in the least, though she remembered whose words he was quoting.
Yet they made every churchman there blench, and the preacher changed the subject with all haste.
This word, sometimes confounded with ‘unblanched,’ is from blench, a causal of blink.
While uttering these words, the sachem fixed a searching glance on the hunter, but the latter did not blench.
It did not blench, and I began to wonder if, after all, he might not be honest.
He knew, declared Aristophanes, that the Rhodian hated him most of mortals, but he would not blench.
There too he determined to delay no longer: if the King should but blench, he knew his course.
I did not blench when I learned that, judicial executions apart, ninety-nine per cent.
Beyond lay the bay, flashing brightly in the sunlight; but her strong eyes did not blench as she gazed.
Old English blencan "deceive, cheat," from Proto-Germanic *blenk- "to shine, dazzle, blind," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Sense of "move suddenly, wince, dodge" is from c.1300. Related: Blenched; blenching.