verb \ˈflinch\

: to move suddenly because you are afraid of being hit or hurt

: to show fear : to hesitate from doing something unpleasant or dangerous

Full Definition of FLINCH

intransitive verb
:  to withdraw or shrink from or as if from pain :  wince; also :  to tense the muscles involuntarily in anticipation of discomfort
flinch noun
flinch·er noun

Examples of FLINCH

  1. He flinched when I tapped him on the shoulder.
  2. She met danger without flinching.
  3. The bill was much higher than expected, but he paid it without flinching.

Origin of FLINCH

Middle French flenchir to bend, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German lenken to bend, Old High German hlanca flank — more at lank
First Known Use: 1578


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