Make a sudden flinching movement out of fear or pain: he blenched and struggled to regain his composure
More example sentences
- But even Melville might have blenched at Browning's final exordium.
- Martha Stewart would blench at the Beehive decor, and it's hard to imagine Helen Clark posing with fluffy Persian cats, but otherwise Martha and Helen could pretty much swap places.
- A headline in the current Spectator made me blench.
Old English blencan 'deceive', of Germanic origin; later influenced by blink.