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English definition of “cringe”

cringe

verb [I]  /krɪndʒ/ us  
to feel embarrassed and ashamed about something: I cringed when I realized what I’d said. To cringe is also to pull back in fear from someone or something that seems powerful and dangerous: He cringes every time he hears the dentist’s drill.
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