to be afraid, to flinch (also, to pinch) < G. zwicken
"Vse jaz to zastopim," sem rekel. "Ampak ti bi rad meni povedal nekaj drugega. Samo ne cvikat." "V redu," je rekel, "samo ne me potem tepst. Evo, nimaš poguma za rad imet. Rajši bi koga ubil, namesto ..."
"I get all that," I said. "But you want to tell me something else. Only don't be afraid." "Okay," he said, "just don't beat me up afterwards. Here it is, then: you don't have the courage to love. You'd rather kill someone instead ..."