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without flinching

Without showing any signs of fear or hesitation. I'm terrified of needles, but my sister can get blood drawn without flinching.
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flinch from someone or something

to move back suddenly from someone or something; to shrink (back) (from someone or something) suddenly. She struck at him and he flinched from her. At the last minute the center fielder flinched from the ball.
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I flinch at fewer glasses plonk I get bottle is shared between people rather than two' I am no mathematician - indeed, I got almost the lowest grade possible in my school exam - but I would guess that it is about a third less.
And if you spent a week or so convincing yourself of the possibility that Flinch might--just might--talk himself into endorsing Pride The Mountain.
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One was a guy in his 50s and he already had lots so he was able to cope with the pain, and I did a reasonable job on him because he was a good sitter, and didn't flinch about.
Animals normally flinch upon hearing a loud tone; however, flinching is reduced when the animals are first exposed to a warning tone, an adaptive process known as sensorimotor gating.
When those pressure kicks are on or when he's going for that extra 10 yards, he doesn't flinch at all.
In response to the article 'Will he flinch or fight?
Summary: The Chancellor insists the Government will not flinch from the "hard choices on public spending" after the country emerges from recession.
In a speech on Government plans to "reprioritise" spending, Mr Darling will say he "won't flinch from difficult decisions".
Battered by business interests, jumped upon by enthusiasts, and blamed for everything that goes wrong, web engineers have enough to flinch about without having to cope with slipshod design and dumpy deliverables.
Nor do you have to be gay to be made queasy by homophobia, Muslim to flinch at "towel-head"-type epithets, female to be sickened by sexism, or black to speak out against racism.
Ewing, a second-year guard, played the rest of the quarter and didn't flinch, The Clippers trailed by as many as seven points in the first quarter but closed the quarter with an 8-0 run and took the lead.
The ultrasonic tones it emitted, undetectable to the human ear, often caused dogs to flinch and howl.
He says there are two questions that tend to make managers flinch when he is asked to consult with an organization on employee motivation and customer satisfaction.