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English verb: cringe

1. cringe (motion) draw back, as with fear or pain

SamplesShe flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf.

Synonymsflinch, funk, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)retract, shrink back

2. cringe (motion) show submission or fear

Synonymscower, crawl, creep, fawn, grovel

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)bend, flex

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