Part of speech: verb

To shrink back, as from pain or danger; waver; wince.

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Usage examples "flinch":

  1. And already at the heart of her she knew that when the moment came she would not flinch. - "The Keeper of the Door", Ethel M. Dell.
  2. His face was of an olive color which was unequally distributed over his features; he was inclined to be pudgy, and his clothes did not appear to fit him; but for all that he had the air of a man who with piercing eyes saw his way before him and did not flinch from taking it, rough as it might be. - "The Vizier of the Two-Horned Alexander", Frank R. Stockton.
  3. You'll not flinch, lad? - "The Wicked Marquis", E. Phillips Oppenheim.