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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 of pinch grab, heist, theft, rip-off, snatching, swipingWords Related to pinch 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 of pinch apprehension, arrestment, bust [slang], collar, arrestWords Related to pinch raid; house arrest; capture, entrapment, seizure; captivity, confinement, detention, enchainment, hold, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, restraint; rearrest; remandNear Antonyms of pinch emancipation, liberation, releaseAntonyms of pinch 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 of pinch crunch, dearth, deficit, drought (also drouth), failure, famine, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency, lack, lacuna, paucity, deficiency, poverty, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, wantWords Related to pinch absence, omission; meagerness, poorness, skimpiness; necessity, need, privationNear Antonyms of pinch bountifulness, copiousness; excess, overabundance, oversupply, surfeit, surplusAntonyms of pinch abundance, adequacy, amplitude, opulence, plenitude, plenty, sufficiency, wealth

Synonym Discussion of pinch

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

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 of pinch nip Words Related to pinch crimp, tweak; clasp, clutch, grasp, grip, hold, take Near Antonyms of pinch 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 of pinch appropriate, boost [slang], filch, heist, hook, lift, misappropriate, nick [British slang], nip, pilfer, steal, pocket, purloin, rip off, snitch, swipe, thieveWords Related to pinch 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 of pinch 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 of pinch apprehend, bust [slang], collar, nab, nail, nick [British slang], pick up, arrest, pull in, restrain, run in, seizeWords Related to pinch 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 of pinch emancipate, free, liberate, loose, loosen, release, spring; unbind, unchainAntonyms of pinch 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 of pinch economize, save, scrimp, skimp, spareWords Related to pinch conserve, husband, maintain, manage, preserve; scrape; cut back, cut down, retrench; hoard, lay upNear Antonyms of pinch blow, dissipate, fritter (away), lavish, misspend, run through, spend, squander, throw away; splurgeAntonyms of pinch waste


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