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pinches

noun
plural of pinch

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(Entry 1 of 2)

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
  • an innocent person caught up in a city-wide pinch of drug dealers

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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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pinches

verb
present tense third-person singular of pinch

Synonyms & Antonyms of pinches (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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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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

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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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“Pinches.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pinches. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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