Blenching
Blench Blench, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Blenched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blenching}.] [OE. blenchen to blench, elude, deceive, AS. blencan to deceive; akin to Icel. blekkja to impose upon. Prop. a causative of blink to make to wink, to deceive. See {Blink}, and cf. 3d {Blanch}.] 1. To shrink; to start back; to draw back, from lack of courage or resolution; to flinch; to quail. [1913 Webster]

Blench not at thy chosen lot. --Bryant. [1913 Webster]

This painful, heroic task he undertook, and never blenched from its fulfillment. --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster]

2. To fly off; to turn aside. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Though sometimes you do blench from this to that. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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