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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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without flinching

Without showing any signs of fear or hesitation. I'm terrified of needles, but my sister can get blood drawn without flinching.
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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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I think you have to say to him, "Sorry I flinched - it has nothing to do with you or our relationship, but it's what I was used to for a very long time."
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punched I think you have to say to him, "Sorry I flinched - it has nothing to do with you or our relationship, but it's what I was used to for a very long time."
But every single time I touched her with the needle - you try and hold the needle onto the skin for about a second with each stroke - every single time she flinched. It was like trying to draw on a moving target all the time.
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