Definition of flinch
- He flinched when he was presented with the car repair bill.
- I cannot help flinching when I hear the dentist's drill.
He flinched when I tapped him on the shoulder.
She met danger without flinching.
The bill was much higher than expected, but he paid it without flinching.
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: to move suddenly because you are afraid of being hit or hurt
: to show fear : to hesitate from doing something unpleasant or dangerous
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