flinch from

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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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".
His art was frequently of a moral nature; he was an ardent pro-lifer who did not flinch from portraying the graphic reality of abortion on occasion.
But we should not flinch from demanding the same tolerance and respect for the British way of life," he said in an article for the Daily Telegraph.
Tonight's not-quite-redundant ``Elvis'' seems to admire if not worship its subject and yet doesn't flinch from his weaknesses.
His first two books--Sarah, about a young truck-stop prostitute, and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things--a story collection about more kids in trouble, have met with critical acclaim, movie deals, and a literary cult following that doesn't flinch from the torment his characters suffer.
It may be a conclusion you come to with a heavy heart, but if, as we suggest, it must be that conclusion, and you find that is what happened, you must not flinch from returning verdicts of guilty.
PC Gamer also picked Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon for their Best Sound award, stating, "on a quiet urban street, you'll hear the unholy clanking of an enemy tank as it approaches from around the corner - and you'll flinch from the whoosh of the anti-tank missile you launch in response.
She added: "Eamon Gilmore continues to talk tough and says he won't flinch from tough decisions but time and again tough decisions have been directed at low and middle-income families and he and the Labour Party and all of Government won't turn their attention to those who can afford to pay.
Veteran New York Times investigative journalist Seymour Hersch did not flinch from accusing America of "war crimes" in his recent book, Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Graib.
Mario does not flinch from depicting his father's traumatizing bullheadedness.
Obviously, everyone enthuses about what geniuses they all were, but they don't flinch from touchier subjects, like Caesar's fondness for booze and tranquilizers.
We, who are fellow disciples with Mary and fellow children with Jesus, must not flinch from obedience in our own lives when it entails suffering.
Fosse, who died in 1987, didn't flinch from these themes.