in a pinch


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

Examples of in a pinch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Needham could be utilized there as a nickel cornerback, and someone who could work on the boundary in a pinch, and seemingly, someone who roam the back end of the secondary at safety. Omar Kelly, Miami Herald, 9 May 2024 All your apps are either too slow or too cumbersome to whip open in a pinch. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, 3 May 2024 Compact, portable power stations are good backup power options for those in smaller spaces (think condos or apartments) and are often suitable for powering smaller home appliances in a pinch. Sharon Brandwein, Southern Living, 19 Apr. 2024 Here are 15 of our favorites, with versatile uses ranging from wearing as a skirt or dress to using as a picnic blanket, travel blanket, or shawl in a pinch. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Travel + Leisure, 16 Apr. 2024 Kamara fell back into this technique when a client of hers came to her in need of boho braids in a pinch. Annie Blay, Allure, 16 Apr. 2024 According to the brand, the bench and seat cushions offer plenty of ergonomic comfort and also come with easy-to-wash covers that can be zipped on or off in a pinch. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2024 Of course, the iPhone has no face buttons, and virtual buttons, while okay in a pinch, are a poor substitute for anything that demands quick reflexes. Wes Davis, The Verge, 6 Apr. 2024 Though Wi-Fi 6 is the modern standard for wireless signal, Wi-Fi 5 is still effective in a pinch (Wi-Fi 6E is on the way). PCMAG, 1 Apr. 2024

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“In a pinch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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