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  1. A posture or gesture of shrinking or recoiling.
He glanced with a at the mess on his desk.
    verb (cringes, cringing, cringed) (intransitive)
    1. To shrink or recoil, as in fear, disgust or embarrassment.
    He cringed as the bird collided with the window.
      Etymology: Via Middle English from Old English ''cringan

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