They appeared terrified of the guards, flinching when they approached.
The belligerents in abortion wars disdain this search for compromise as mere equivocation, a flinching from deeper truths.
We are talking of a Kevlar Rupert, whose armored vest absorbs fusillades without him flinching.
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.