strait, now commonly straits, applies to a troublesome situation from which escape is extremely difficult.
in dire straits
crisis applies to a juncture whose outcome will make a decisive difference.
a crisis of confidence
Examples of pinch in a Sentence
My little brother is always trying to pinch me.
He pinched her cheeks and told her how cute she was. Pinch together the edges of the dough.
He pinched the top of his nose to stop the bleeding and leaned forward.
He pinched off the top of the shoots.
She pinched back the new growth.
These new shoes are pinching my toes.
I pinched my fingers in the door.
By pinching and scraping, she managed to save enough money to buy a new car. Noun
the pinch of my favorite sweater really bugged me!
an innocent person caught up in a city-wide pinch of drug dealers Adjective
A pinch homer won the game. See More
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A pair of high-quality socks that don’t bunch up and pinch your shins are crucial for a comfortable skiing experience.—Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 21 Nov. 2023 Add butter cubes, and pinch together using your fingers (or cut into flour using a pastry cutter) until mixture starts to form rough, sandy crumbs and starts to press together.—Marianne Williams, Southern Living, 20 Nov. 2023 With Herbert’s bigger salaries likely to pinch the roster starting in 2025, will the Spanoses rethink their refusal to get outside of their comfort zone when hiring coaches?—Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2023 Yet Gutiérrez, 45, who grew up in an immigrant Lincoln Heights family, has to pinch herself frequently in order to believe that her accolades are real.—Soudi Jiménez, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Van der Mersch has a herring pinched in his right hand and a bundle of straw in the other.—Zachary Fine, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2023 The Misi and Lilia veteran’s videos and photos posted to her online presence, Pasta Social Club, depict delicate handmade doughs that laminate fresh herbs, pinch daintily along their edges, and ooze bright orange yolks over ricotta when punctured.—Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Press flat, pinch the middle, and wrap the middle with the remaining piece of felt.—Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Nov. 2023
Simply place leaves in a 3×3 wood or wire bin (a garbage bag can also work in a pinch–just make sure to punch a few holes for air flow) and fully dampen the pile.—Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023 Southern cornbread is also rarely, if ever, sweetened, though some Southerners do enjoy a pinch of sugar in the batter.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 12 Nov. 2023 No one thinks anything will happen to them — a bite will be like a little pinch.—Jenny Gold, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2023 Spending pullback Nokia, one of the largest telecommunications equipment companies, is facing the pinch of macroeconomic volatility and higher interest rates as mobile operators pull back from spending.—Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2023 Always add a pinch of salt to enhance the overall flavors.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 3 Nov. 2023 First, reheat the beans with a glug of olive oil, one bay leaf, a pinch of cumin and, if desired, some red chile flakes.—Mahira Rivers, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2023 Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a bowl, then add 1 tablespoon of the milk, the remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon of vanilla, and a pinch of salt.—Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Oct. 2023 Shape into a ring (about 7 inches in diameter), and pinch ends together to seal.—Cassandra King, Southern Living, 16 Oct. 2023
Pinch runner Tony Kemp was then stranded at third, emblematic of Oakland’s offensive frustrations, as Ramón Laureano struck out, Canha walked, Olson popped up and pinch-hitter Robbie Grossman struck out against Casey Sadler.—Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, 26 Sep. 2020 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French *pincher, pincer