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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLENCH

Like Hamlet with the king at the play, "If he but blench, I know my course!"

But she did not blench in the least, though she remembered whose words he was quoting.

But though it fell, the people of the dauntless city did not blench.

His cheek did not blench, his lips quiver, nor his limbs tremble.

Now it is the turn of his judges to blench, for his persecutors to tremble.

This word, sometimes confounded with ‘unblanched,’ is from blench, a causal of blink.

Some things he had never yet talked about; it made his mind blench to think of talking about them.

Musa got closer to Mr. Ziegler, who did not blench nor cease from his humming.

It had to be looked out on the map, but the chauffeur, trained to the hour, did not blench.

It did not blench, and I began to wonder if, after all, he might not be honest.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English blencan "deceive, cheat," from Proto-Germanic *blenk- "to shine, dazzle, blind," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Sense of "move suddenly, wince, dodge" is from c.1300. Related: Blenched; blenching.

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