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pinch

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of pinch

  1. 1 an instance of theft <the pinch of my favorite sweater really bugged me!> Synonyms grab, heist, theft, rip-off, snatching, swipingRelated Words break-in, burglary, holdup, mugging, stickup

  2. 2 the act of taking into one's control by authority of law <an innocent person caught up in a city-wide pinch of drug dealers> Synonyms apprehension, arrestment, bust [slang], collar, arrestRelated Words raid; house arrest; capture, entrapment, seizure; captivity, confinement, detention, enchainment, hold, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, restraint; rearrest; remandNear Antonyms emancipation, liberation, releaseAntonyms discharge

  3. 3 a falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number <this labor pinch means that there'll be long lines at the checkouts> Synonyms crunch, dearth, deficit, drought (also drouth), failure, famine, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency, lack, lacuna, paucity, deficiency, poverty, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, wantRelated Words absence, omission; meagerness, poorness, skimpiness; necessity, need, privationNear Antonyms bountifulness, copiousness; excess, overabundance, oversupply, surfeit, surplusAntonyms abundance, adequacy, amplitude, opulence, plenitude, plenty, sufficiency, wealth


pinch

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of pinch

  1. 1 to squeeze tightly between two surfaces, edges, or points <the zipper on those jeans always pinches me> Synonyms nip Related Words crimp, tweak; clasp, clutch, grasp, grip, hold, take Near Antonyms drop, free, loose, loosen, release, spring

  2. 2 to take (something) without right and with an intent to keep <pinched the earrings while the boutique owner was distracted by another customer> Synonyms appropriate, boost [slang], filch, heist, hook, lift, misappropriate, nick [British slang], nip, pilfer, steal, pocket, purloin, rip off, snitch, swipe, thieveRelated Words burglarize, knock over, rob; loot, pillage, plunder, sack; carjack, hijack (also highjack); pick, rifle; poach, rustle, shoplift; collar, grab, grasp, nail, seize, snatch, take; mooch, sponge; abduct, kidnap, shanghai, spiritNear Antonyms buy, purchase; bestow, contribute, donate, give, hand over, present

  3. 3 to take or keep under one's control by authority of law <pinched the purse snatcher just two blocks from where he had robbed the old lady> Synonyms apprehend, bust [slang], collar, nab, nail, nick [British slang], pick up, arrest, pull in, restrain, run in, seizeRelated Words bag, capture, catch, get, grab, grapple, hook, land, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap; commit, confine, detain, hold, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, lock (up); bind, enchain, fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; rearrest; remandNear Antonyms emancipate, free, liberate, loose, loosen, release, spring; unbind, unchainAntonyms discharge

  4. 4 to avoid unnecessary waste or expense <if we pinch hard for the upcoming year, we can probably afford the vacation at that fancy resort> Synonyms economize, save, scrimp, skimp, spareRelated Words conserve, husband, maintain, manage, preserve; scrape; cut back, cut down, retrench; hoard, lay upNear Antonyms blow, dissipate, fritter (away), lavish, misspend, run through, spend, squander, throw away; splurgeAntonyms waste


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