at a pinch

Definition of at a pinch


  1. :  in a bad situation when help is needed I can help out at a pinch if you need a babysitter. At a pinch, you can substitute another ingredient in the recipe.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to squeeze between the finger and thumb or between the jaws of an instrument

    :  to prune the tip of (a plant or shoot) usually to induce branching

    :  to squeeze or compress painfully

  1. :  a critical juncture :  emergency

    :  pressure, stress

    :  hardship, privation

  1. :  substitute

    :  hit by a pinch hitter

Seen and Heard

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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