wincing


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wince

 (wĭns)
intr.v. winced, winc·ing, winc·es
To shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flinch.
n.
A shrinking or startled movement or gesture.

[Middle English wincen, to kick, from Old North French *wencier, variant of Old French guencir, of Germanic origin.]

winc′er n.
References in classic literature ?
Then he and the sergeant set her arm and put it in splints, she wincing but not whimpering; then we took up the march for home, and that's the end of the tale; and I'm her horse.
Thrushcross Grange is my own, sir,' he interrupted, wincing.
So, by little and little, and not living high, I managed to scrape up the hundred pounds at last,' said Traddles; 'and thank Heaven that's paid - though it was - though it certainly was,' said Traddles, wincing again as if he had had another tooth out, 'a pull.
And if Arsenal fans aren't wincing, they should be.
And it's no fun at all, even with Brosnan wincing his way through all manner of fleshly mortification.
If you've ever participated in or watched a long race, you've seen the unfortunate runners wincing in misery, massaging a leg, limping off the course in despair; muscle cramps can turn an opportunity for a personal best into a personal worst experience.
I was wincing,' he says, 'because that's not Barbara.