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To react in fear or apprehension
“Ideal as a watchdog, this dog will neither be aggressive nor cringe with fear when accosting a stranger.”
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To experience an inward shiver of embarrassment or disgust
“She stepped into Jeremy's room, and the smell of stale alcohol made her cringe in disgust.”
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To crouch or fall down in fear or subservience
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“The poor puppy would cringe when his master raised the rolled-up newspaper.”
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Lower the head or the body quickly to avoid a blow or missile or so as not to be seen
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Submit to or acknowledge the merit of
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Anticipate with great apprehension or fear
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A posture or gesture of shrinking or recoiling
“Aside from a few awkward laughs, there was pretty much an all-encompassing cringe from the crowd.”
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