It was hard, at this stage, not to feel sorry for the man, not to wince each time the camera panned to his puce-complexioned face.
The errant flashes of light in your brain depicting this possibility are strong enough to make you wince and want to cry.
As a self-admitted old man who has battled cancer, do those jokes make you wince now?
early 13c., winch, probably from Old North French *wenchier (in Old French guenchir "to turn aside, avoid"), from Frankish *wenkjan, from Proto-Germanic *wankjan (cf. Old High German wankon "to stagger, totter," Old Norse vakka "to stray, hover;" see wink). Originally of horses. Modern form is attested from late 13c. Related: Winced; wincing.