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blench1

[blench] /blɛntʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to shrink; flinch; quail:
an unsteady eye that blenched under another's gaze.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English blenchen, Old English blencan; cognate with Old Norse blekkja, Middle High German blenken
Related forms
blencher, noun
blenchingly, adverb
Synonyms
See wince1 .

blench2

[blench] /blɛntʃ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become pale or white; blanch.
Origin
1805-15; variant of blanch1
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British Dictionary definitions for blenching

blench1

/blɛntʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to shy away, as in fear; quail
Word Origin
Old English blencan to deceive

blench2

/blɛntʃ/
verb
1.
to make or become pale or white
Word Origin
C19: variant of blanch
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Word Origin and History for blenching
blench
O.E. blencan "deceive, cheat," from P.Gmc. *blankjanan "to shine, dazzle, blind," from PIE base *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach). Sense of "move suddenly, wince, dodge" is from c.1300.
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