Prostrating myself on the examining table, I tried not to flinch as she zapped my scores of clogged pores.
Our duty in this movement and in this time is to not fear and not flinch and not retreat a single inch.
But even his biggest defenders will flinch at the assaults, sexual or not, that Joe has to endure in Nymphomaniac.
Kenyatta made a Bush-like vow to continue the war on Al-Shabab, saying, “We will not flinch.”
The familiar tone of wary bewilderment made me flinch a little.
Some successful men are so stout-hearted, their minds seem never to flinch.
I lost my head, or I never would have said it, for I saw her flinch.
With that vile whip cracking under his very nose, he did not flinch—he did not stir.
Hal did not flinch, returning the gaze steadily, respectfully.
Simon Quarle did not flinch as he stood waiting for his answer.
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.