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Definitions of pinch

  1. To act with pressing force; to hear hard; to be straitened. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To squeeze; nip; bind; treat stingily. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To seize by way of theft; to steal; also, to catch; to arrest. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To plait. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch. See Pinch, n., 4. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. o seize; to grip; to bite; - said of animals. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To squeeze or nip between two hard edges; to press on so as to hurt; oppress or distress; make thin or wan; as, to be pinched with hunger. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To gripe hard: to squeeze: to squeeze the flesh so as to give pain: to nip: to distress: to gripe. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To squeeze; nip; gripe. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To take hold; to grip, as a dog does. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To press hard; as, my shoe pinches; be mean or miserly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. To act with force: to bear or press hard: to live sparingly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. make off with belongings of others Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. cut the top off; "top trees and bushes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. To press hard or squeeze; to nip; to gripe; to straiten; to oppress with want; to distress; to press; to press hard. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. To gripe or squeeze between the thumb and a finger; to squeeze or press between any two sharp edges or points so as to pain; to distress; to press hard or bear hard upon, as want; to act with a force to be felt; to spare; to be frugal. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a touch of garlic" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. small sharp biting Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  26. a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the recession" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. Pian; pang. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. A lever having a projection at one end, acting as a fulcrum, - used chiefly to roll heavy wheels, etc. Called also pinch bar. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. A squeeze or nip, as with the fingers and thumb; painful pressure; as, the pinch of poverty; a sudden difficulty or necessity; as, to do it at a pinch; as much as can be held between the thumb and finger; as, a pinch of salt. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. A close compression with the fingers: what can be taken up by the compressed fingers: a gripe: distress: oppression. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  32. A nip; squeeze. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  33. The act of pinching; painful pressure; emergency. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. So much as can be taken between the finger and thumb. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. A painful compression with the ends of the fingers; that which is taken between the fingers and thumb; a gripe; distress inflicted or suffered; straits. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  36. A sharp and painful gripe by the ends of the fingers or by pincers, &c.; the mark or pain occasioned by it; the small quantity that can be held between the thumb and forefinger; pressure; oppression; distress through want. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for pinch

  1. According to Martin's parting advice, Mary had learned to like and to trust Tom Pinch in spite of his mistaken worship of Pecksniff. – Tales from Dickens by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  2. He took a huge pinch from his black snuffbox and held his peace. – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
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