flinch from

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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He knelt down before her and taking her hand in his said solemnly, "I'm only a rough fellow, who hasn't, perhaps, lived as a man should to win such a distinction, but I swear to you by all that I hold sacred and dear that, should the time ever come, I shall not flinch from the duty that you have set us.
As for the property which was the sign of that broken tie, she would have been glad to be free from it and have nothing more than her original fortune which had been settled on her, if there had not been duties attached to ownership, which she ought not to flinch from.
I have faced death too often to flinch from it now, though I saw it as near me as you are.
Yet I have seen Johnston shoot these twenty years, and I will not flinch from it.
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.
In a speech on Government plans to "reprioritise" spending, Mr Darling will say he "won't flinch from difficult decisions".
The Government will not flinch from the "hard choices on public spending" needed to bring Britain's national deficit back down after the country emerges from recession.
PC Gamer also picked Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon for their Best Sound award, stating, "on a quiet urban street, you'll hear the unholy clanking of an enemy tank as it approaches from around the corner - and you'll flinch from the whoosh of the anti-tank missile you launch in response.
She added: "Eamon Gilmore continues to talk tough and says he won't flinch from tough decisions but time and again tough decisions have been directed at low and middle-income families and he and the Labour Party and all of Government won't turn their attention to those who can afford to pay.
Veteran New York Times investigative journalist Seymour Hersch did not flinch from accusing America of "war crimes" in his recent book, Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Graib.
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.
It's something of a mission with me to present characters who are different, to love their oddness, not flinch from it.
As a senator, Kennedy took a stand against corruption in labor leadership and as a candidate didn't flinch from taking on the unions.
Tonight's not-quite-redundant ``Elvis'' seems to admire if not worship its subject and yet doesn't flinch from his weaknesses.
His first two books--Sarah, about a young truck-stop prostitute, and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things--a story collection about more kids in trouble, have met with critical acclaim, movie deals, and a literary cult following that doesn't flinch from the torment his characters suffer.