But when it came time to explain where the money would come from—that $900 billion over 10 years—he flinched.
For 13 miserable years, Franklin Roosevelt flinched from firing an incompetent and obnoxious White House cook.
The British electorate, as some of us feared, has flinched from making tough choices.
The normally cool and calm director of the CIA, John Brennan, may have flinched Tuesday.
The boy picked it up with such roughness that Alan flinched on behalf of his card.
Seth flinched and drew away; and the old woman was all sympathy at once.
She alternately raged and flinched at the superiority of the merchants.
Fectnor had not flinched, but he knew that his heart was not in this fight.
Dan flinched as though a cupful of ice water had struck him in the face.
Neither Donald nor Robert flinched a hair, or permitted a sheet to be started.
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.