cringe before (someone or something)

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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.
See also: before, 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.
See also: before, cringe
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Big-globed, big-gobbed Winslet went down about as well as the Titanic and when she sees the tapes will cringe like she's never cringed before, at least since she watched Titanic.