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English definition of “wince”

wince

verb [I]     /wɪns/
to show pain suddenly and for a short time in the face, often moving the head back at the same time: Did I hurt you? - I thought I saw you wince. It makes me wince even thinking about eye operations.Pain and painfulGrimacing and frowning wince     noun [C usually singular] She gave a wince as the nurse put the needle in.Pain and painfulGrimacing and frowning
(Definition of wince verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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