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Make a quick, nervous movement as an instinctive reaction to fear, pain, or surprise
“This was a little disappointing considering the state of modern discreet body armour which could stop most rifle rounds without flinching.”
To dodge (a question), to avoid an unpleasant task or duty
“The families insisted that the filmmakers should not flinch from telling the real story for fear of upsetting them, he said.”
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