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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLINCH

His duty lay very plain before him, and he would not flinch.

Not this time would I flinch from what consequences might follow.

The perfume of violet scent was almost unbearable, but he did not flinch.

Yet she did not flinch, nor did a single symptom of panic or fear cross her face.

It was a painful journey downstairs, but Polly did not flinch.

But nothing daunts us, or makes us flinch from our fell purpose.

She fully believed them, but even so, we hear she did not flinch.

But still the enquiry demands our earnest attention and we must not flinch.

Yet she did not flinch in her certainty that nemesis must be obeyed and even aided.

He was a brave soldier going down to battle, and not once did he flinch.

WORD ORIGIN

1570s, from obsolete flecche "to bend, flinch," probably from Old French flenchir "to bend," probably from Frankish *hlankjan or some other Germanic source (cf. Middle High German linken, German lenken "to bend, turn, lead"), from PIE root *kleng- "to bend, turn" (see link (n.)). Related: Flinched; flinching. As a noun, from 1817.

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