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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Hugh Jackman is said to be eyeing the lead role in oater "Clancy of the Overflow," expected to roll in 2005, directed by Simon Wincer and produced by Mark Pennell.
According to The Australian, Simon Wincer, director of the Phar Lap movie, is returning to horseracing with The Cup, which is set to focus on jockey Damien Oliver, who rode the Dermot Weld-trained Media Puzzle.
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The film, directed by Simon Wincer, is remarkably true to the historical facts, though its interpretation of them is sometimes dubious, especially when it implies that Phar Lap was deliberately poisoned.