She “cringed” when the line showed up on the teleprompter, but she actually “wanted to scream.”
When my British husband insisted that what he truly wanted for his birthday was to see a Monster Jam Truck show, I cringed inside.
And in the season finale, I cringed so hard that tears finally came out.
Yes, I have cringed listening to Americans complain about how much smaller and dingier everything is compared to home.
Democrats who saw it cringed, Republicans were stunned, and nobody else noticed.
They cringed back, unreasoning horror in their eyes, and Conan pushed past them and strode into Xotalanc.
Before the look of loathing in his handsome face Gonzaga cringed.
He whined and cringed to his own offspring, and begged him to give him the bottle.
Whenever she passed him she cringed as if expectant of a blow.
And forthwith he drew the blade from his girdle and sprang forward at Birdalone; and she cowered and cringed, but moved not else.
early 13c., from causative of Old English cringan "give way, fall (in battle), become bent," from Proto-Germanic *krank- "bend, curl up" (cf. Old Norse kringr, Dutch kring, German Kring "circle, ring"). Related: Cringed; cringing. As a noun from 1590s.