American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain.
- v. To recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink.
- n. An act or instance of starting, wincing, or recoiling.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give way to fear or to a sense of pain; shrink back from anything painful or dangerous; manifest a feeling or a fear of suffering or injury of any kind; draw back from any act or undertaking through dread of consequences; shrink; wince: as, the pain was severe, but he did not flinch.
- In croquet, to allow the foot to slip from the ball in the act of croqueting.
- Same as flense.
- n. A reflexive jerking away.
- v. To make a sudden, involuntary movement in response to a (usually negative) stimulus.
- v. To dodge (a question), to avoid an unpleasant task or duty
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To withdraw from any suffering or undertaking, from pain or danger; to fail in doing or perserving; to show signs of yielding or of suffering; to shrink; to wince.
- v. (Croquet) To let the foot slip from a ball, when attempting to give a tight croquet.
- n. The act of flinching.
- v. draw back, as with fear or pain
- n. a reflex response to sudden pain
- Compare Gothic 𐍆𐌹𐌻𐌷𐌰𐌽 (filhan), Icelandic fela ("to hide") (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete French flenchir, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Come now, youre an intelligent woman, and you dont flinch from the truth.”
“This was no time to flinch from the British weather; the fate of the Province rested on my reaching the next mile castle.”
“Butt flinch" is when you're working on a construction site and someone entirely too fat and in need of suspenders gives you a vision that makes you want to have your memory erased.”
“As for accuracy, I find if installed correctly they will shoot just as well if not better because of the reduction in flinch factor.”
“I think that for a lot of people on the transition, the instinctive response to this is going to be to cause people to flinch from the idea of a serious effort at peacemaking.”
“However, I forgive him for having the courage to go after some rather unsavory plot developments, no holds barred, and not flinch from the nastier things his protagonists do.”
“I've since switched to a 20 gauge and suprise, my flinch is gone and the deer still die when you shoot them.”
“Boddington says the only way to cure a flinch is shooting a 22lr a LOT.”
“Most likely you're flinching, and if you don't think you can flinch from a benchrest, think again.”
“They did not surrender an inch nor did flinch from the next potential threat.”
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