"winced" in the verb sense
1. flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail
draw back, as with fear or pain
"she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
make a face indicating disgust or dislike
"She winced when she heard his pompous speech"
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