She felt his cold gaze and didn't face him, cringing instead.
The word is now generally used in the sense of a cringing flatterer of the great.
She floundered to a sitting position, then her feet, cringing as she struggled upright, the sting in her wounded knees bringing tears to her eyes.
Allen swallowed again, almost cringing as he licked his lips and turned desperate eyes on Lisa.
Cringing, she held out her hand.
"Yes," she said at last, cringing for another bad reaction.
"Jeez, don't talk about that," Baratto said, cringing away.
Descartes, in his correspondence with the Jesuits, had shown an almost cringing eagerness to have their powerful organization on his side.
The only excuse made for the alternate cringing and insult, the alternate abuse and lying, which marked his course in this matter, has been the very weak plea that a man cannot fight with a system - a plea which is sufficiently answered by the retort that a great many men have so fought and have won.
By this time O'Connell had attained a position of great eminence in the House of Commons: as a debater he stood in the very first rank, though he had entered St Stephen's after fifty; and his oratory, massive and strong in argument, although too often scurrilous and coarse, and marred by a bearing in which cringing flattery and rude bullying were strangely blended, made a powerful, if not a pleasing, impression.
The expression of that base and cringing smile, which Pierre knew so well in his wife, revolted him.