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.
See also: away, cringe

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Some individuals, especially those with chronic health issues, almost cringe away from our touch, as we are merely "doing things"
I learned how to feel miserable and ashamed, how to cringe away from peoples glances, how to tense myself for the fights that I thought were coming.
The power to cuddle up to warmth or cringe away from overheating may be widespread among reptile and bird embryos still in the egg, researchers say.
I hate seeing my kids cringe away from me when I lose it.