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Definition of flinch:

  1. The act of flinching.
  2. To let the foot slip from a ball, when attempting to give a tight croquet.
  3. 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; as, one of the parties flinched from the combat.

Synonyms:

reduce, spring, shrivel, cringe, kick back, crawl, take a hop, fawn, creep, approach, resile, rebound, bound, funk, blench, shy, reverberate, wither, backfire, ricochet, backlash, recoil, quail, shrink, squinch, shrivel up, wince, grovel, blench, start, contract, kick, squint, shrink back, bounce.

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