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wince  (wns)
intr.v. winced, winc·ing, winc·es
To shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flinch.
A shrinking or startled movement or gesture.

[Middle English wincen, to kick, from Old North French *wencier, variant of Old French guencir, of Germanic origin.]

wincer n.

wince  /wns/  v. [I] n. winced, wincing, winces to make a facial expression of pain, (syn.) to flinch: He <v.> winced when the door shut on his thumb. wince

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