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1In a servile or sycophantic way:‘Carfax shrank cringingly to one side’
- ‘Carfax shrank cringingly to one side, and Monceux dismounted from his milk-white horse to meet his King.’
- ‘"I'm not really sure I offered," she said cringingly, although she was glad she seemed to have been that first girl.’
- 1.1informal [usually as submodifier] So as to make one feel embarrassed or disgusted:‘their early performances were cringingly awkward’
- ‘You have to watch, even if it is just to see how cringingly awful it can get.’
- ‘Time and again they chose unsuspecting members of an audience and embroiled them in wacky games or ludicrous, sometimes cringingly embarrassing, situations.’
- ‘Sure, it's cringingly inappropriate at times, but the writers have spent more of their time over the last four years creating genuine laughs than trying to make censors blush.’
- ‘Most of this is cringingly awful and is made worse by the fact that if there is a studio audience in England it goes wild with mirth.’
- ‘So the morning after, while feeling hideous, we cringingly piece together the results of baser motives unbound.’
- ‘In an emotional scene where Maureen defends her bulimia, Pratt is cringingly bad.’
- ‘Then I'm jealous because, as cringingly adolescent as it feels to say this, I don't know anyone who shares my paradigm.’
- ‘Technology is so cringingly cheap these days, I almost despair at the ease with which people are suckered in by brand name marketing.’
- ‘Despite this, many of the scenes between Jet and Seigl are brilliantly, cringingly drawn, getting to the nub of sibling psychodrama.’
- ‘Newcastle's surf scene is cringingly bad.’
- ‘To make matters worse, Mancuso was cringingly under-rehearsed on opening night, stopping the performance on at least seven counts to consult his script.’
- ‘He gave a speech that was arrogant, patronising, and cringingly politically correct.’
- ‘Docherty was flattered and received florid correspondence praising his talents, something that most Scots might find cringingly embarrassing.’
- ‘Brock, a non-front man's front-man, is oddly chatty and sometimes cringingly open about his life and exploits, especially for a guy who "hates" doing interviews.’
- ‘Yes, the patriotic episodes were cringingly obvious.’
- ‘The whole show was cringingly off the mark and much of the time was just plain boring and pointless.’
- ‘Their early performances in Europe were cringingly awful.’
- ‘Recently, a friend cringingly preceded a car advice question with the statement, "I know station wagons are passe, but …"’
- ‘The inquiry website, on which more than 6,000 pages of documents - some cringingly private - have been posted, has become the most popular website in the UK.’
- ‘Nonetheless, it was one of the most entertaining, brutally-realistic pieces of television I've seen for a while, even if it was cringingly embarrassing.’
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