cringe

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"Either beats or cringes," said Wemmick, not at all addressing himself to me.
He appeared to cringe, mute, as if words had failed him through grief; then - bang!
"It is all very well for Rostov, whose father sends him ten thousand rubles at a time, to talk about not wishing to cringe to anybody and not be anyone's lackey, but I who have nothing but my brains have to make a career and must not miss opportunities, but must avail myself of them!" he reflected.
She was far too pretty to cringe in this way, but Peter thought it his due, and he would answer condescendingly, "It is good.