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Dictionary Definition

pinch

Noun

1 a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the recession"
2 an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
3 a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a touch of garlic" [syn: touch, hint, tinge, mite, jot, speck, soupcon]
4 a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an emergency" [syn: emergency, exigency]
5 small sharp biting [syn: nip]
6 a squeeze with the fingers [syn: tweak]
7 the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar" [syn: apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, taking into custody]

Verb

1 squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle" [syn: squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch]
2 make ridges into by pinching together [syn: crimp]
3 make off with belongings of others [syn: pilfer, cabbage, purloin, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift]
4 cut the top off; "top trees and bushes" [syn: top]
5 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" [syn: vellicate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To squeeze a small amount of a person's skin and flesh, making it hurt.
  2. To steal, usually of something almost trivial or inconsequential.
  3. To arrest or capture.

Translations

squeeze a small amount of skin
steal
to arrest or capture

Noun

  1. The action of squeezing a small amount of a person's skin and flesh, making it hurt.
  2. A small amount of powder or granules, such that the amount could be held between fingertip and thumb tip.
  3. An awkward situation of some kind (especially money or social) which is difficult to escape.
  4. An organic herbal smoke additive.

Translations

action of squeezing a small amount of skin
small amount of powder
someone in a tight pinch

Extensive Definition

Pinch may refer to:
Pinch is also the name of several people:
  • John Pinch the elder (1770–1827) and younger (1796–1849), British architects in Bath
  • Trevor Pinch (born 1953), British sociologist at Cornell University
  • Pinch (drummer), British musician, current drummer of punk band The Damned
  • Tom Pinch and Ruth Pinch, characters in the Charles Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit
pinch in German: Prise
pinch in French: Prise

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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