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"cringe" in British English

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cringeverb [I]

uk   us   /krɪndʒ/
to ​suddenlymove away from someone or something because you are ​frightened informal to ​feel very ​embarrassed: I cringed at the ​sight of my ​daddancing.
(Definition of cringe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cringeverb [I]

 us   /krɪndʒ/
to ​feelembarrassed 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 ​seemspowerful and ​dangerous: He cringes every ​time he ​hears the dentist’s ​drill.
(Definition of cringe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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