flinch

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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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The amount of body movement caused by flinches varies from mild to wild.
In a very real way, Donovan Blowers has lost his innocence - he's scared, he flinches and he is afraid of being hit,'' Harrison said.
The victim wails, the parent flinches, the doctor stabs.