One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Curtis flinched as the passenger window imploded’
wince, start, shy, shy away, recoil, shrink, pull back, back away, draw back, withdraw, blench, cringe, squirm, quiver, shudder, shiver, tremble, quake, shake, quail, cower, waver, falter, hesitate, get cold feet, blanch
2‘he has never flinched from the job in hand’
shrink, recoil, shy away, turn away, swerve, hang back, demur
dodge, evade, avoid, duck, baulk at, jib at, quail at, fight shy of
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