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pinching

adjective

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pinching

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of pinching (Entry 2 of 3)

the quality or practice of being overly sparing with money
  • this constant pinching is getting ridiculous—we can afford to turn on one or two lights!

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pinching

verb
present participle of pinch

Synonyms & Antonyms of pinching (Entry 3 of 3)

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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“Pinching.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pinching. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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