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[flinch] /flɪntʃ/
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
1555-1565
1555-65; perhaps nasalized variant of dial. flitch to flit, shift one's position
Related forms
flincher, noun
flinchingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. recoil, withdraw, blench.
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British Dictionary definitions for flincher

flinch1

/flɪntʃ/
verb (intransitive)
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
noun
3.
the act or an instance of drawing back
4.
a card game in which players build sequences
Derived Forms
flincher, noun
flinchingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Old French flenchir; related to Middle High German lenken to bend, direct

flinch2

/flɪntʃ/
verb
1.
a variant of flense
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Word Origin and History for flincher

flinch

v.

1570s, from obsolete flecche "to bend, flinch," probably from Old French flenchir "to bend," probably from Frankish *hlankjan or some other Germanic source (cf. Middle High German linken, German lenken "to bend, turn, lead"), from PIE root *kleng- "to bend, turn" (see link (n.)). Related: Flinched; flinching. As a noun, from 1817.

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