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cringe away from someone or something

 and cringe from someone or something
to pull back or away from someone or something, as from fear. The child cringed away from the teacher. Why did you cringe away from the dentist's chair? The cat cringed from the fire. The child cringed from the huge dog.
See also: away, cringe

cringe before someone or something

to cower or recoil in the presence of someone or something. Jeff cringed before the wrath of the policeman.
See also: before, cringe
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That's an idea that might make some Trojans boosters cringe, but it suddenly became a real possibility Tuesday.
Even when pushed, Ormeny stays civil; he doesn't telegraph the lines we need to cringe at, nor does he overplay John's pomposity.
Manchild'' offers keen insight into a particular social phenomenon, but the cringe factor can be off the charts.
Mr McConnell told the CBI in Glasgow: "For too long we have allowed the Scottish cringe to fester.
Sometimes I look back at myself and remember things I "Sometimes I look back at myself and remember things I used to say, or my hairstyle, and I cringe," Madonna used to say, or my hairstyle, and I cringe," Madonna
Folk afflicted with the Scottish cringe feel compelled to copy the mannerisms, politics and culture of our larger, southern neighbour.
Prepare to cringe, squirm and die of embarrassment, all the way through the 2012 Olympics.
Whether it is a spot of over-enthusiastic dancing at a family celebration or public displays of affection, they are guaranteed to make their sons and daughters cringe.
As is often the case with Sandler, there is as much to enjoy as there is to make you cringe in this rom-com.
I, too, am a "baby boomer" and, at times, literally cringe at some of generation Y's attitudes and ideas.
The smell of rotten eggs probably makes you cringe.
You could feel the Republicans cringe when he talked about illegal immigration and his guest-worker program, and at same time I could see the Democrats' foul looks on their faces when he brought up his strategies on the war .
Because, he believes, Oregonians suffer from an inferiority complex, a "cultural cringe.
Most companies would cringe at taking on such large-scale projects under rigid time constraints, but not Harvard.