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wince

verb [I] uk   /wɪns/ us  
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] uk   us  
She gave a wince as the nurse put the needle in.Pain and painfulGrimacing and frowning
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