flinch - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive] 

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/flɪntʃ/
present tense
I/you/we/theyflinch
he/she/itflinches
present participleflinching
past tenseflinched
past participleflinched
  1. to make a sudden small movement because you are afraid, surprised, or in pain

    Pamela flinched each time he yelled at her.