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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.
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cringe before (someone or something)

To shrink away from someone or something, usually out of fear. I cringed before my dad when he caught me sneaking in after curfew.
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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.
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Without cringing, he confronts the reader with war as it sometimes can be.
Throughout the book I'm either cringing or smirking at its taut balance of lyrical disorder.
Note that the accused refused to answer," she said to the cringing man, wrote briefly in her ledger, and continued.
Beyond that, unfortunately, the film is so witless that rather than appreciation of what good sports its stars are, the appropriate response is cringing in embarrassment for them.
As such, cringing allows us to establish much-needed boundaries.
Focusing her MRI's high beam on the cringing suspect, she realized that this pathetic-looking individual was the archduke of attentiveness.
I didn't want to come across too boring or too bad but I've been cringing every time I see myself on TV.
Michel's tough, fed-up, and beautiful wife, Claire (Mathilde Seigner), is soon cringing at Harry's lunacy, and Michel hasn't the backbone to toss him out.
The shamed presenter left viewers cringing as he slurred his way through Ireland's Saturday Night Show.
His fellow squire and friend Edmund is equally effective, as well as Osbert, the thieving, cringing servant, and an attractive young lady he meets in Rome.
We were apologetically playing, cringing whenever the wrong bell was rung.
Cringing from the unfamiliar can be adaptive when facing something that bites but maladaptive if that something can be bitten into.