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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLINK

No sunlight ever made her blink, or screw her face into wrinkles.

Already a mood of much daylight was making him blink and shrink.

That tint is what we call the blink of open water, said Johnson.

It was a hesitating face, which seemed to blink doubtfully in the daylight.

It had lain so long in some darkened cellar that it seemed to blink in the candlelight.

For Blink was plastering him with the water-marks of joy and anxiety.

Sallying forth just as he was he had made his way downstairs, followed by Blink.

Blink, unable to persuade the hat, mounted it with her fore-paws and trod it under.

And he led the way back along the road, followed by Blink and the three Germans.

Without a moment's hesitation he opened the door, and, preceded by Blink, leaped in.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, perhaps from Middle Dutch blinken "to glitter," of uncertain origin, possibly, with German blinken "to gleam, sparkle, twinkle," from a nasalized form of base found in Old English blican "to shine, glitter" (see bleach (v.)).

Middle English had blynke (c.1300) in the sense "a brief gleam or spark," perhaps a variant of blench "to move suddenly or sharply; to raise one's eyelids" (c.1200), perhaps from the rare Old English blencan "deceive." Related: Blinked; blinking. The last, as a euphemism for a stronger word, is attested by 1914.

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