English version

cringe

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcringecringe /krɪndʒ/ verb [intransitive]  1 FRIGHTENEDto move away from someone or something because you are afraid A stray dog was cringing by the door. She cringed away from him.2 EMBARRASSEDto feel embarrassed by something you have said or done because you think it makes you seem sillywincecringe at She cringed at the sound of her own voice. It makes me cringe when I think how stupid I was.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
cringeHis blunt personality leaves even his supporters cringing.Also, she peppered her lectures with unscientific statements that made doctors cringe.But they cringe at the idea that some one else may benefit at their expense.My voice was calm, but inside I cringed away from her.The pair cringed in embarrassment as the president, speaking through an interpreter, paid them the world's most unlikely compliment.People cringed in terror as the shells hit the city around them.During it all, nothing has made me cringe more than the sound of an approaching bike.His watch said that it was nine-thirty, and he cringed to think of the time he had lost.makes ... cringeTender flesh the color of pearls makes her cringe.It makes me cringe into the smelly upholstery of his battered armchair.
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Verb table
cringe
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theycringe
he, she, itcringes
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theycringed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave cringed
he, she, ithas cringed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad cringed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill cringe
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have cringed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam cringing
he, she, itis cringing
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you, we, theyare cringing
Past
I, he, she, itwas cringing
you, we, theywere cringing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been cringing
he, she, ithas been cringing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been cringing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be cringing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been cringing
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