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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Flinch v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flinched p. pr. & vb. n. Flinching.]
 1. To withdraw from any suffering or undertaking, from pain or danger; to fail in doing or perserving; to show signs of yielding or of suffering; to shrink; to wince; as, one of the parties flinched from the combat.
    A child, by a constant course of kindness, may be accustomed to bear very rough usage without flinching or complaining.   --Locke.
 2. Croquet To let the foot slip from a ball, when attempting to give a tight croquet.