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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.
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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.
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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.
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cringe before someone or something

to cower or recoil in the presence of someone or something. Jeff cringed before the wrath of the policeman.
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SHADOW chancellor George Osborne yesterday admitted he cringes at the infamous Bullingdon Club picture featuring him, David Cameron and Boris Johnson.
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There are some intermittent laughs (mostly courtesy of Stiller's ``Meet the Parents''-style slow burns; Barrymore looks utterly lost), but the crass stuff only inspires cringes.
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June cringes, dodges Joe's touch, looks like he's about to bolt any second, and yet remains tethered to this stranger by the handcuffs of a desire he can't name but can only fumblingly reveal.
One cringes to think of a Jewish member of the audience, especially a young person, hearing Shylock, the moneylender, called "the dog Jew" and seeing him agree, under duress, to convert to Christianity at the end of the famous trial scene.