[ UK /wˈɪns/ ]
[ US /ˈwɪns/ ]
  1. the facial expression of sudden pain
  2. a reflex response to sudden pain
  1. draw back, as with fear or pain
    she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf
  2. make a face indicating disgust or dislike
    She winced when she heard his pompous speech
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How To Use wince In A Sentence

  • Every time he put any weight on his left leg he winced in pain.
  • The young man — fortified as he was by a natural cynical pride and passionateness — winced at this unexpected reply, notwithstanding. A Changed Man
  • took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince
  • I will always, like the vast majority of people, look at a photo of myself and wince or cringe. Times, Sunday Times
  • The price of gas will make us wince. Times, Sunday Times
  • She winced and screamed a very foul and unladylike oath.
  • ‘Sorry,’ I winced, as he wandered back into the room, his hair beginning to stick up in bizarre tufty spikes.
  • He winced at her startled, horrified gasp and continued.
  • But her shrill, naive polemicizing caused Michaels to inwardly wince, as if at a cruel reflection of himself. The Cry of the Onlies
  • My score was 259 of these little patches: the doctor winced slightly. Times, Sunday Times
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