Definition of pinched forchiefly US, informal
- Students are especially pinched for time at the end of the school year.
- I'm pinched for cash right now.
: 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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