Definition of flinch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

flinch

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verb
BrE BrE//flɪntʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flɪntʃ//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flinch
BrE BrE//flɪntʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flɪntʃ//
 
he / she / it flinches
BrE BrE//ˈflɪntʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɪntʃɪz//
 
past simple flinched
BrE BrE//flɪntʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flɪntʃt//
 
past participle flinched
BrE BrE//flɪntʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flɪntʃt//
 
-ing form flinching
BrE BrE//ˈflɪntʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɪntʃɪŋ//
 
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to make a sudden movement with your face or body as a result of pain, fear, surprise, etc. He met my gaze without flinching. He didn’t even flinch (= wasn’t surprised) when I told him the price. flinch at something He flinched at the sight of the blood. flinch away She flinched away from the dog. see also unflinching See related entries: Surprise Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘slink or sneak off’): from Old French flenchir ‘turn aside’, of West Germanic origin and related to German lenken ‘to guide, steer’.Extra examples He hardly flinched when he was hit. Her finger touched the scar on his forehead, making him flinch. She flinched away from him. She flinched inwardly as he took her hand. She flinched visibly at the sight of the body. She won’t flinch from speaking her mind. Phrasal Verbsflinch from something
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