pinch·​er | \ ˈpin-chər How to pronounce pincher (audio) \

Definition of pincher

1 : one that pinches
2 pinchers plural : pincers

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Examples of pincher in a Sentence

the pincher of the stolen electronics was caught by the police trying to sell them
Recent Examples on the Web The seats in the new car are single-piece pinchers like the ones that left a bruise on my thigh in 1996. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2019 Porsche Speedster Makes a Case for Less Is More," 27 Mar. 2020 And for the penny pinchers, retail electricity providers have plans that sound discounted. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Power companies have many brands to satisfy many types of customers," 3 Mar. 2020 Earning just $16,000 despite 15 years in the public schools, Ms. Bradford is an accomplished penny-pincher. Jason Deparle, New York Times, "The Tax Break for Children, Except the Ones Who Need It Most," 16 Dec. 2019 As punishment, men and women were burned slowly to death at the stake, sawn in half, impaled and had their heads and hands cut off after torture with hot pinchers. Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann, Quartz Africa, "A Ghanaian royal family’s conflict of collaboration and resistance in the African slave trade," 13 July 2019 Of course, extra-peeved penny-pinchers may consider dropping Mint in favor of other financial management tools, such as Personal Capital and You Need A Budget. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Venmo is sharing your payments with everyone—except Mint," 27 June 2019 The walker features a cockpit for a human pilot, a pair of arms ending in pinchers, and enormous metal legs ending in ski-like feet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Unveils Giant Combat Walker," 22 Aug. 2018 Ferris warns that Calico crabs — beige with purplish specks — are not only common but aggressive pinchers. Susan Moeller,, "A beachcombing guide: Things to find at the beach," 2 May 2018 Martin Schulz and Sigmar Gabriel, the most keenly pro-French major figures among Mrs Merkel’s Social Democrat partners, were toppled in the recent coalition talks, leaving Olaf Scholz—a typically German penny-pincher—to take the finance ministry. The Economist, "The growing strains between Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of pincher

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pincher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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