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Synonyms for blench

to draw away involuntarily, usually out of fear or disgust

Synonyms for blench

turn pale, as if in fear

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I blenched when receiving the latest CD from the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda.
Israel Cohen, the leading Zionist historian of the day who was present at this meeting, has written that Jabotinsky's denunciation had such a crushing effect on Weizmann that "he blenched and seemed to slump in his chair.
The dark was deep as Stygian nights await: Warm color had not yet begun to flow Upon lands blenched by winter, war and woe, And time's tides seemed forever turned too late.
In the oppositional context of court masques, with their extensive cosmetics for whiteness and blackness, and in the context of the pattern of the passage and the line following, which concludes the sentence, "Be it not don in pride, or in presumption" (434), "unblench't" seems clearly the first instance in English of the adjectival sense of "unstained, untarnished," rather than the first instance of the adjectival sense of "Not blenched or turned aside; undismayed, unflinching.
A grain convoy passes the bus "and the pale oxen, the pale low wagons, the pale full sacks, all in the blenched light, each one headed by a tall man in shirt sleeves, trailing a static procession on the hillside, seemed like a vision: like a Dore drawing" (146).