Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
[Prob. fr. OE.
flecchento waver, give way, F.
fléchir, fr. L.
flectereto bend; but prob. influenced by E.
To withdraw from any suffering or undertaking, from pain or danger; to fail in doing or perserving; to show signs of yielding or of suffering; to shrink; to wince;
as, one of the parties.
flinchedfrom the combat
A child, by a constant course of kindness, may be accustomed to bear very rough usage without
To let the foot slip from a ball, when attempting to give a tight croquet.
The act of flinching.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To shrink; to withdraw from any suffering or undertaking, from pain or danger; to fail of proceeding, or of performing any thing. Never flinch from duty. One of the parties flinched from the combat.
A child, by a constant course of kindness, may be accustomed to bear very rough usage without flinching or complaining.