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wince at (something)

To grimace, flinch, or tense up as a response (often involuntary) to some source of pain or discomfort or something disagreeable. My daughter winced at the injection, but she didn't cry. I sat through the entire dinner wincing at my dad's terrible jokes.
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wince at something

to shrink back because of something, such as pain. She winced at the pain but did not cry out. After he had just winced at the pain for a while, he finally screamed.
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wince at

To shrink or tense up involuntarily in response to something that causes pain, distress, or discomfort: I winced at this month's phone bill.
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Such customized messaging could build better relationships with customers and increase their tolerance to wait for service, Wince maintains.
Wince has not raced since finishing slightly lame after her attempt to add the Irish 1,000 Guineas to her Newmarket win saw her finish fifth at The Curragh in May.
Rather than Wince, the rival who Noseda fears most is Valentine Waltz, a short-head behind Wannabe Grand at Newmarket, but the subsequent winner of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas).
Champion jockey Kieren Fallon and Cecil are sure Wince has improved since Newmarket, where she held off Wannabe Grand and Valentine Waltz in a close finish.
The exciting prospect of the winners of the English, French, and Irish 1,000 Guineas - Wince, Valentine Waltz, and Hula Angel - all taking each other on has been ruled out after trainer Henry Cecil yesterday revealed that his Newmarket heroine would miss the race.
Barry Hills' Hula Angel (16-1), only sixth to Wince in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas at Newmarket three weeks ago, easily overturned the form, scoring by a neck from Mick Channon's Golden Silca with Dazzling Park third.
Nearly four lengths adrift of Wince when sixth in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas early in the month, she came out on top this time to add to her trainer and jockey's success with Nicer six years ago.
Wince residues in clay jars and a wine-marking apparatus document that people produced the fermented beverage almost half a millennium earlier than experts thought, says Patrick E.
Wince and Wannabe Grand - one-two in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket - are bracketed by both Ladbrokes and the Tote, who respectively make the pair 7-2 and 4-1.
MORE of the same is the recipe expected of Wince as the Sagitta 1,000 Guineas winner bids to follow up her Newmarket success in tomorrow's Irish version.
The filly had managed only sixth place in the Sagitta 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket behind Wince, but turned the classic form book on its head to hold the powerful late surge of Mick Channon's Golden Silca (25-1) by a neck with another outsider, Dazzling Park in third.
Mythical Girl and Sunspangled are 5-1 joint second favourites with Cork-based bookmaker Liam Cashman, who makes Henry Cecil's Wince, the Sagitta 1,000 Guineas winner, the 5-4 market leader.