New York blinks in the face of uncertainty and bans hydraulic fracturing.
CLAIRE: (blinks rapidly) But Francis, we have the Paws and Purrsonality pancake breakfast next week.
And it may be who blinks rather than who shuts the government down that matters most.
Mr. Vholes's office, in disposition retiring and in situation retired, is squeezed up in a corner and blinks at a dead wall.
However, fibs of this sort one blinks at where pretty girls are the criminals.
blinks and Jinks both know that in their business courtesy comes through contact.
Mrs. Bliss turns on him sort of dazed, and blinks them round eyes of hers.
The man looked at her—he knew her of old—and then he left the cabin almost as quickly as blinks and Holly went out of it.
blinks, being typical, does not belong to a labor organization.
That means business and blinks knows that it means business.
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.
1590s, "a glance;" see blink (v.). As is the case with the verb, there is a similar word in Middle English, in use from c.1300, that might represent a native form of the same root.