flinch1 / flinch/ • v. [intr.] make a quick, nervous movement of the face or body as an instinctive reaction to surprise, fear or pain: she flinched at the acidity in his voice he had faced death without flinching. ∎ (flinch from) fig. avoid doing or becoming involved in (something) through fear or anxiety: I rarely flinch from a fight when I'm sure of myself. • n. [in sing.] an act of flinching: “Don't call me that,” he said with a flinch. DERIVATIVES: flinch·er n. flinch·ing·ly adv. flinch2 • v. variant spelling of flense.
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