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pinch

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1 an instance of theft
  • The pinch of my favorite sweater really bugged me!
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2 the act of taking into one's control by authority of law
  • a successful pinch of a hacking ring
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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.
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juncture, exigency, emergency, contingency, pinch, strait (or straits) crisis mean a critical or crucial time or state of affairs. juncture stresses the significant concurrence or convergence of events.
    • an important juncture in our country's history
exigency stresses the pressure of restrictions or urgency of demands created by a special situation.
    • provide for exigencies
emergency applies to a sudden unforeseen situation requiring prompt action to avoid disaster.
    • the presence of mind needed to deal with emergencies
contingency implies an emergency or exigency that is regarded as possible but uncertain of occurrence.
    • contingency plans
pinch implies urgency or pressure for action to a less intense degree than exigency or emergency.
    • come through in a pinch
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

pinch

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1 to squeeze tightly between two surfaces, edges, or points
  • The zipper on those jeans always pinches me.
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nip

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2 to take (something) without right and with an intent to keep
  • pinched the earrings while the boutique owner was distracted by another customer
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make away with, make off with, run off with, walk off with

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3 to take or keep under one's control by authority of law
  • got pinched for stealing
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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.
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pinch pennies

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