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 for flinch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flinch \Flinch\, n.
     The act of flinching.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flinch \Flinch\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flinched; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Flinching.] [Prob. fr. OE. flecchen to waver, give way, F.
     fl['e]chir, fr. L. flectere to bend; but prob. influenced by
     E. blench. Cf. Flex.]
     1. To withdraw from any suffering or undertaking, from pain
        or danger; to fail in doing or perserving; to show signs
        of yielding or of suffering; to shrink; to wince; as, one
        of the parties flinched from the combat.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              A child, by a constant course of kindness, may be
              accustomed to bear very rough usage without
              flinching or complaining.             --Locke.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Croquet) To let the foot slip from a ball, when
        attempting to give a tight croquet.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  flinch
      n 1: a reflex response to sudden pain [syn: wince, flinch]
      v 1: draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they
           showed the slaughtering of the calf" [syn: flinch,
           squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil,
           quail]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  72 Moby Thesaurus words for "flinch":
     avoid, avoidance, be startled, blanch, blench, blink, boggle,
     cower, cringe, demur, dodge, draw back, draw in, duck, elude,
     escape, eschew, evade, evasion, fade, fall back, fallback, falter,
     fight shy of, funk, hang back, hang off, have qualms, hesitate,
     hold off, jib, jump, jump a mile, make bones about, pause,
     pull back, pull in, pull out, pullback, pullout, quail, recede,
     recoil, reel back, retire, retract, retreat, scruple, sheer off,
     shrink, shrink back, shrink from, shun, shy, shy at, sidestep,
     sidestepping, squinch, start, start aside, start back, startle,
     stick at, stickle, strain, swerve, turn aside, waver, weasel,
     weasel out, wince, withdraw
  
  

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