flinch


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flinch

 (flĭnch)
intr.v. flinched, flinch·ing, flinch·es
1. To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain.
2. To recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink.
n.
An act or instance of starting, wincing, or recoiling.

[Obsolete French flenchir, of Germanic origin.]

flinch′er n.
flinch′ing·ly adv.

flinch

(flɪntʃ)
vb (intr)
1. to draw back suddenly, as from pain, shock, etc; wince: he flinched as the cold water struck him.
2. (often foll by from) to avoid contact (with); shy away: he never flinched from his duty.
n
3. the act or an instance of drawing back
4. (Card Games) a card game in which players build sequences
[C16: from Old French flenchir; related to Middle High German lenken to bend, direct]
ˈflincher n
ˈflinchingly adv

flinch

(flɪntʃ)
vb
(Fishing) a variant of flense

flinch

(flɪntʃ)

v.i.
1. to draw back or shrink, as from something dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant.
2. to shrink or tense under pain; wince.
n.
3. an act of flinching.
[1555–65; probably < Middle French flenchir to divert < Frankish *hlankjan, derivative of *hlanka, flank]
flinch′er, n.
flinch′ing•ly, adv.

flinch


Past participle: flinched
Gerund: flinching

Imperative
flinch
flinch
Present
I flinch
you flinch
he/she/it flinches
we flinch
you flinch
they flinch
Preterite
I flinched
you flinched
he/she/it flinched
we flinched
you flinched
they flinched
Present Continuous
I am flinching
you are flinching
he/she/it is flinching
we are flinching
you are flinching
they are flinching
Present Perfect
I have flinched
you have flinched
he/she/it has flinched
we have flinched
you have flinched
they have flinched
Past Continuous
I was flinching
you were flinching
he/she/it was flinching
we were flinching
you were flinching
they were flinching
Past Perfect
I had flinched
you had flinched
he/she/it had flinched
we had flinched
you had flinched
they had flinched
Future
I will flinch
you will flinch
he/she/it will flinch
we will flinch
you will flinch
they will flinch
Future Perfect
I will have flinched
you will have flinched
he/she/it will have flinched
we will have flinched
you will have flinched
they will have flinched
Future Continuous
I will be flinching
you will be flinching
he/she/it will be flinching
we will be flinching
you will be flinching
they will be flinching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been flinching
you have been flinching
he/she/it has been flinching
we have been flinching
you have been flinching
they have been flinching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been flinching
you will have been flinching
he/she/it will have been flinching
we will have been flinching
you will have been flinching
they will have been flinching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been flinching
you had been flinching
he/she/it had been flinching
we had been flinching
you had been flinching
they had been flinching
Conditional
I would flinch
you would flinch
he/she/it would flinch
we would flinch
you would flinch
they would flinch
Past Conditional
I would have flinched
you would have flinched
he/she/it would have flinched
we would have flinched
you would have flinched
they would have flinched
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flinch - a reflex response to sudden pain
startle, jump, start - a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"
Verb1.flinch - draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
shrink back, retract - pull away from a source of disgust or fear

flinch

verb
1. wince, start, duck, shrink, cringe, quail, recoil, cower, blench The slightest pressure made her flinch.
2. (often with from) shy away, shrink, withdraw, flee, retreat, back off, swerve, shirk, draw back, baulk He has never flinched from harsh decisions.

flinch

verb
To draw away involuntarily, usually out of fear or disgust:
noun
An act of drawing back in an involuntary or instinctive fashion:
Translations
يُحْجِم، يَجْفَل، يَتَراجَع
ucuknout uskočit
megrándulvisszaretten
hörfa; kveinka sér, kippast viî
krūptelėti
izvairītiessarauties
korkuyla geri çekilmek

flinch

[flɪntʃ] VI
1. (= shrink back) → estremecerse
he flinched at the painse estremeció del dolor
I flinched when he touched mecuando me tocó, me estremecí
he struck her hard but she did not flinchla golpeó con fuerza, pero ni se inmutó
without flinchingsin inmutarse
2. (= shirk) he did not flinch from his responsibilitiesno se retrajo de sus obligaciones

flinch

[ˈflɪntʃ] vitressaillir
to flinch from [+ action] → se dérober à, reculer devant

flinch

vi
(= wince)zurückzucken; without flinchingohne mit der Wimper zu zucken
(fig) to flinch from somethingvor etw (dat)zurückschrecken; he flinched from telling her the truther scheute sich, ihr die Wahrheit zu sagen

flinch

[flɪntʃ] vitrasalire
without flinching → senza batter ciglio
to flinch from sth → tirarsi indietro di fronte a qc

flinch

(flintʃ) verb
to make a sudden movement back or away in fear, pain etc. He flinched away from the sudden heat.
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