Nobody in the audience even blinched

This nice word blend of “blinked” and “flinched” was uttered in a unique conversation.  My friend Martin Pietrucha, who contributed the 2016 malaphor of the year (MOTY) “give them a round of hand”, was telling his mother-in-law about his MOTY award, and said that after the guy made the “round of hand” remark nobody in the audience, besides Martin, even “blinched”.  Not sure what a malaphor about a malaphor is called.  It’s almost like seeing a double rainbow. Any ideas out there?  Anyway, a big round of hand to Martin Pietrucha for blurting this one out.