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cringe

to move, or shrink away from something

TRANSLATION

cringe = zusammenzucken, erschaudern, zurückschrecken, kriechen --- GOOGLE INDEX cringe: 5,090,000 hits

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

Delta Airline has assembled a detailed PowerPoint scenario of job cuts, reduced flights, hub domination, and higher fares that would make almost any consumer-rights group CRINGE.

(adapted from Business Week Magazine)

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Know any 8-year-olds with a cell phone? CRINGE if you like, but kids are the fastest-growing wireless market.

(adapted from Forbes Magazine)

Did you
know?

cringe
verb

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

2. to feel very embarrassed or uncomfortable

(adapted from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

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WORD ORIGIN
Thought to have originated around 1225 from crengen, meaning to twist or bend, often in an arrogant manner. Crengen corresponds to the Old English crengan, a causative form of cringan meaning to give way, fall (as in battle) or to shrink into a bent position.

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SYNONYMS
flinch, recoil, wince, shrink, retract, fawn, grovel, cower, draw back, quiver

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ANTONYMS
flout, swagger, strut, stand tall

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IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS TODAY
say something like:

“My kids cringe at the thought of having to go back to school after the holidays!”

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