Flinch meaning

flĭnch
Flinch is defined as to make a quick motion of the body moving away out of surprise or fear.

When you fear a ball flying past your head and coming at you and you duck back a bit out of fear, this is an example of a time when you flinch.

When you shy away from participating in an activity because you are nervous, this is an example of a time when you flinch.

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To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain.
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To recoil, as from something unpleasant or difficult; shrink.
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An act or instance of starting, wincing, or recoiling.
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To draw back, as from a blow, difficulty, etc.
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To wince, as from pain.
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An act of flinching.
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My eye doctor hates the flinch I have every time he tries to get near my eyes.

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To make a sudden, involuntary movement in response to a (usually negative) stimulus.
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To dodge (a question), to avoid an unpleasant task or duty.
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To let the foot slip from a ball, when attempting to give a tight croquet.
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Origin of flinch

  • Obsolete French flenchir of Germanic origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Compare Gothic (filhan), Icelandic fela (“to hide”)
    From Wiktionary