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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.
See also: away, cringe

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 from (someone or something)

To shrink back from someone or something, especially out of fear. I cringed from the snake and prayed that it wouldn't see me. The child cringed from the teacher after he raised his hand in anger.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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