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Related to wincing: misattributed
intr.v. winced, winc·ing, winc·es
To shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flinch.
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.]
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