pinch


1pinch

verb \ˈpinch\

: to squeeze (someone's skin) between your thumb and finger often in a painful way

: to squeeze or press (something) together with your thumb and finger

: to remove (part of a plant) by squeezing with your thumb and finger

Full Definition of PINCH

transitive verb
1
a :  to squeeze between the finger and thumb or between the jaws of an instrument
b :  to prune the tip of (a plant or shoot) usually to induce branching
c :  to squeeze or compress painfully
d :  to cause physical or mental pain to
e (1) :  to cause to appear thin, haggard, or shrunken
(2) :  to cause to shrivel or wither
2
a :  to subject to strict economy or want :  straiten
b :  to restrain or limit narrowly :  constrict
3
a :  steal
b :  arrest
4
:  to sail too close to the wind
intransitive verb
2
:  to be miserly or closefisted
3
:  to press painfully
4
:  narrow, taper <the road pinched down to a trail — Cecelia Holland>
pinch pennies
:  to practice strict economy

Examples of PINCH

  1. My little brother is always trying to pinch me.
  2. He pinched her cheeks and told her how cute she was.
  3. Pinch together the edges of the dough.
  4. He pinched the top of his nose to stop the bleeding and leaned forward.
  5. He pinched off the top of the shoots.
  6. She pinched back the new growth.
  7. These new shoes are pinching my toes.
  8. I pinched my fingers in the door.
  9. By pinching and scraping, she managed to save enough money to buy a new car.

Origin of PINCH

Middle English, from Anglo-French *pincher, pincer
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to PINCH

Synonyms
nip
Antonyms
discharge

2pinch

noun

: the act of pinching someone or something

: the amount of something that can be held between your finger and thumb

Full Definition of PINCH

1
a :  a critical juncture :  emergency
b (1) :  pressure, stress
(2) :  hardship, privation
c :  deficit
2
a :  an act of pinching :  squeeze
b :  as much as may be taken between the finger and thumb <a pinch of snuff>
c :  a very small amount
3
:  a marked thinning of a vein or bed
4
a :  theft
b :  a police raid; also :  arrest

Examples of PINCH

  1. <the pinch of my favorite sweater really bugged me!>
  2. <an innocent person caught up in a city-wide pinch of drug dealers>

First Known Use of PINCH

15th century

Related to PINCH

Synonyms
grab, heist, theft, rip-off, snatching, swiping
Antonyms
discharge
See Synonym Discussion at juncture

3pinch

adjective

: used as a substitute for another player

: made by a pinch hitter

Full Definition of PINCH

1
:  substitute <pinch runner>
2
:  hit by a pinch hitter <a pinch homer>

Examples of PINCH

  1. A pinch homer won the game.

First Known Use of PINCH

1912

pinch

transitive verb \ˈpinch\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PINCH

: to squeeze or compress (a part of the body) usually in a painful or discomforting way <a pinched nerve caused by entrapment>

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