v. t.1.To press hard or squeeze between the ends of the fingers, between teeth or claws, or between the jaws of an instrument; to squeeze or compress, as between any two hard bodies.
[imp. & p. p. Pinched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pinching.]
2.to seize; to grip; to bite; - said of animals.
3.To plait.
4.Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money.
Want of room . . . pinching a whole nation.
- Sir W. Raleigh.
5.To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch. See Pinch, n., 4.
6.To seize by way of theft; to steal; to lift.
7.to catch; to arrest (a criminal).
v. i.1.To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches.
2.(Hunt.) To take hold; to grip, as a dog does.
3.To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous.
The wretch whom avarice bids to pinch and spare.
- Franklin.
To pinch at
to find fault with; to take exception to.
- Chaucer.
n.1.A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or with an instrument; a nip.
2.As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff.
3.Pian; pang.
4.A lever having a projection at one end, acting as a fulcrum, - used chiefly to roll heavy wheels, etc. Called also pinch bar.
At a pinch
in an emergency; as, he could on a pinch read a little Latin.
Noun1.Pinchpinch - a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the recession"
2.pinch - an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
3.pinch - a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
Synonyms: mite, soupcon, tinge, jot, hint, speck, touch
4.pinch - a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an emergency"
Synonyms: emergency, exigency
5.pinch - small sharp biting
Synonyms: nip
6.pinch - a squeeze with the fingers
Synonyms: tweak
7.Pinchpinch - the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
Verb1.pinch - squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"
Synonyms: nip, tweet, twinge, twitch, squeeze
2.pinch - make ridges into by pinching together
Synonyms: crimp
3.pinch - make off with belongings of others
4.pinch - cut the top off; "top trees and bushes"
Synonyms: top
5.pinch - irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear; "smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth"; "the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back"
Synonyms: vellicate
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