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flinch

flinch

 
 
pronunciation:
flInch
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: flinched, flinches, flinching
definition 1: to draw away suddenly, as in pain or fear; wince.
The wound was painful, and he flinched as the doctor attempted to examine it.His touch on her shoulders made her flinch.
similar words:
quail
definition 2: to retreat from or avoid something unpleasant, fearsome, or difficult.
similar words:
quail
 
part of speech: noun
definition: the act of flinching.
derivations: flinchingly (adv.), flincher (n.)
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