flinch from

flinch from (someone or something)

To recoil from someone or something, often in fear. Teddy flinched from the nurse as she approached him with the needle. We all flinched from the barking dog.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Summary: The Chancellor insists the Government will not flinch from the "hard choices on public spending" after the country emerges from recession.
In a speech on Government plans to "reprioritise" spending, Mr Darling will say he "won't flinch from difficult decisions".
His art was frequently of a moral nature; he was an ardent pro-lifer who did not flinch from portraying the graphic reality of abortion on occasion.
But we should not flinch from demanding the same tolerance and respect for the British way of life," he said in an article for the Daily Telegraph.
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She did not flinch from touching them and her actions must have been so heartening for them.
``It may be a conclusion you come to with a heavy heart, but if, as we suggest, it must be that conclusion, and you find that is what happened, you must not flinch from returning verdicts of guilty.''
Nor does she flinch from acknowledging the increasing discouragement that came in the wake of the shutdowns.
Lords Leader Baroness Jay pledged at a Labour conference fringe meeting that Ministers would not flinch from securing this "enormous political victory".
It's something of a mission with me to present characters who are different, to love their oddness, not flinch from it.
A true loyalty to Britain will neither pretend to be unmoved by the good and the lovely, nor will it flinch from the depressing and disturbing side of the picture.' Responsibility towards history means `the carrying forward of a story, the plot of which has already been part-written, and in which one is now part-author, part-actor.
He told the Cabinet last week: "We will not flinch from tackling the rackets.
As a senator, Kennedy took a stand against corruption in labor leadership and as a candidate didn't flinch from taking on the unions.