cringe away from
cringe away from (someone or something)
To move away from someone or something, usually out of fear. I cringed away from the snake and prayed that it wouldn't see me.
cringe away from someone or somethingand 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.