cringe (someone)

vb
British
to embarrass, discomfit or excruciate. A mainly middle-class usage of the late 1980s.
► 'Would it cringe you too much if I used my [cell-]phone here?' (Recorded, yuppie to companion in op-era-house bar, London, June 1988)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • cringe — [krındʒ] v [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Perhaps from [i]Old English cringan to give up ] 1.) to move away from someone or something because you are afraid ▪ A stray dog was cringing by the door. ▪ She cringed away from him. 2.) to feel embarrassed… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cringe — verb (I) 1 to move back or away from someone or something, especially because you are afraid or in pain: The dog cringed and whimpered when the tall man appeared. 2 to feel embarrassed by something that seems stupid: I cringe when I think what I… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cringe — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. cower, stoop, flinch, wince, crouch, shrink; fawn, truckle, crawl, grovel; sneak. See recoil, fear, servility. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. flinch, quail, recoil; see wince . III (Roget s 3… …   English dictionary for students

  • fawn — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. cringe, grovel, toady, truckle, cower, ingratiate, curry favor. See servility, flattery. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. cringe, flatter, court, grovel, crouch, bow, stoop, kneel, creep, fall on one s… …   English dictionary for students

  • grovel — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. fawn, creep, cringe; wallow, humble (oneself). See servility, lowness. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. crawl, cringe, fawn, fawn upon, beg, sneak, stoop, kneel, crouch before, truckle, kowtow, implore, toady …   English dictionary for students

  • kowtow — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. salaam, bow down, genuflect; fawn, cringe. See obedience, respect, servility. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. bow, kneel, stoop, genuflect, bow and scrape, kiss feet, *kiss up, *brownnose, toady,… …   English dictionary for students

  • truckle — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. grovel, kowtow. See servility. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. cringe, submit, cower, toady; see wince , yield 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. cringe, toady, *kiss up, *brownnose, kowtow, bow before …   English dictionary for students

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