at a pinch
Definition of at a pinch
: 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
: 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
: a critical juncture : emergency
: pressure, stress
: hardship, privation
: hit by a pinch hitter
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