noun a painful or straitened circumstance
- the pinch of the recession
noun an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
noun a slight but appreciable amount
jot; speck; hint; soupcon; touch; mite; tinge.
- this dish could use a touch of garlic
noun a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action
- he never knew what to do in an emergency
noun a small sharp bite or snip
noun a squeeze with the fingers
noun the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
taking into custody; apprehension; arrest; catch; collar.
- the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar
verb squeeze tightly between the fingers
twitch; tweet; twinge; nip; squeeze.
- He pinched her behind
- She squeezed the bottle
verb make ridges into by pinching together
verb make off with belongings of others
pilfer; filch; abstract; swipe; sneak; purloin; hook; lift; snarf; cabbage; nobble.
verb cut the top off
verb irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear
- smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth
- the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back
Pinch transitive verb
, probably fr. OD. pitsen
to pinch; akin to G. pfetzen
to cut, pinch; perhaps of Celtic origin. Cf. Piece
imperfect & past participle Pinched ; present participle & verbal noun Pinching
- To press hard or squeeze between the ends of the fingers, between teeth or claws, or between the jaws of an instrument; to squeeze or compress, as between any two hard bodies.
- o seize; to grip; to bite; -- said of animals. Obs.
He [the hound] pinched and pulled her down.
- To plait. Obs.
Full seemly her wimple ipinched was.
- Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money.
Want of room . . . pinching a whole nation.
Sir W. Raleigh.
- To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch. See Pinch, n., 4.
Pinch intransitive verb
- To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches.
- (Hunt.) To take hold; to grip, as a dog does. Obs.
- To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous.
The wretch whom avarice bids to pinch and spare.
- A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or with an instrument; a nip.
- As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff.
- Pian; pang. "Necessary's sharp pinch."
- A lever having a projection at one end, acting as a fulcrum, -- used chiefly to roll heavy wheels, etc. Called also pinch bar.
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