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verb as in draw back

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Memphis begins to pop up in the later chapters, and I wince at every mention because I know that is where the story will end.

The errant flashes of light in your brain depicting this possibility are strong enough to make you wince and want to cry.

One may well wince with dread at the thought of it going out.

“Hey, muffins,” he calls to his children, with a “wince of mortification” at the whole scene.

There was a clicking sound as the cuffs went back on, but not tight enough to make him wince.

This talk had been on that very day before, while they sat impatiently awaiting her arrival, and it had made John Chester wince.

Poynter uttered a sneering laugh, which made Heath wince, and turn upon him wrathfully.

He paused at that, for he saw his father wince at the picture like a man physically struck; and again there was silence.

He had got under the armor of his enemy at last, and he could feel him wince and writhe at each thrust that he drove home.

"Peleg, you're a sight for tired optics," said Tom, giving the man's hand a squeeze that made him wince.


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On this page you'll find 45 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to wince, such as: back off, blanch, cower, cringe, flinch, and grimace.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.