cringe

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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
She was far too pretty to cringe in this way, but Peter thought it his due, and he would answer condescendingly, "It is good.
He cringes, snarls, I ain't no Yankee, I killed Yankees
SHADOW chancellor George Osborne yesterday admitted he cringes at the infamous Bullingdon Club picture featuring him, David Cameron and Boris Johnson.
CHAT-UP SHOW: Jenni cringes at Borat's lines, top, and, above, Hasselhoff comes on to her