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 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 Obviously there were the usual references to the 'penny pincher's' transfer fee and weekly wages., "Tabloid Attention on Raheem Sterling Reaches New Lows as England Star Is Slated for Eating Breakfast," 24 Apr. 2018 But penny pinchers would be wise to dine elsewhere and visit the restaurant specifically for its marvelous cheese offering, which is available on its own at a cost of $35 for four selections and $45 for six. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Secrets to Eating at America's Fanciest Restaurants for Under $50," 17 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of pincher

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Jan 2020

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“Pincher.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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