Definition of flinch
: to withdraw or shrink from or as if from pain : wince He flinched when he was presented with the car repair bill.; also : to tense the muscles involuntarily in anticipation of discomfort I cannot help flinching when I hear the dentist's drill.
Examples of flinch in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of flinch from the Web
More perturbing than the children who shriek at the bombardment around them are those who barely flinch.
The 24-year-old Chicagoan flinched noticeably when the sparks and fire blasted into the air, then made a nervous joke about the fiery fate that almost befell him.
Alan Bates, 30, flinched, cursed McCord and fell beside his wife.
Beaten, tortured, cut, and burned, if the adolescents even flinch or let out a peep, they are labeled a coward and forbidden from mating, earning a good wage, or rising in society.
Maher praised Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren for speaking out, but said other Democrats too often flinch on the issues and thus lose elections.
Their ability to strike a match and score five runs had made other pitchers flinch all season.
On Sunday morning, amid the threat of rain, thunder and lightning, the Korean War veteran jumped out of an airplane without flinching.
Each flinched in the face of Koepka’s relentless steadiness.
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Synonym Discussion of flinch
FLINCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flinch for English Language Learners
: to move suddenly because you are afraid of being hit or hurt
: to show fear : to hesitate from doing something unpleasant or dangerous
FLINCH Defined for Kids
Definition of flinch for Students
: to draw back from or as if from pain or fear … Homily did not flinch as the great face came slowly closer. — Mary Norton, The Borrowers
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