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.

Blench not at thy chosen lot. Bryant.

This painful, heroic task he undertook, and never blenched from its fulfillment. Jeffrey.

2.

To fly off; to turn aside.

[Obs.]

Though sometimes you do blench from this to that. Shak.

 

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Blench, v. t.

1.

To baffle; to disconcert; to turn away; -- also, to obstruct; to hinder.

[Obs.]

Ye should have somewhat blenched him therewith, yet he might and would of likelihood have gone further. Sir T. More.

2.

To draw back from; to deny from fear.

[Obs.]

He now blenched what before he affirmed. Evelyn.

 

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Blench, n.

A looking aside or askance.

[Obs.]

These blenches gave my heart another youth. Shak.

 

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Blench, v. i. & t. [See 1st Blanch.]

To grow or make pale.

Barbour.

 

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