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“cringe” in British English

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cringeverb [ I ]

uk /krɪndʒ/ us /krɪndʒ/

to suddenly move away from someone or something because you are frightened

informal to feel very embarrassed:

I cringed at the sight of my dad dancing.

(Definition of “cringe” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“cringe” in American English

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cringeverb [ I ]

us /krɪndʒ/

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.

(Definition of “cringe” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)