Definition of Pinch in English :

Define Pinch in English

Pinch meaning in English

Meaning of Pinch in English

Pronunciation of Pinch in English

Pinch pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of pinch


1. pinch

a painful or straitened circumstance

Example Sentences:
'the pinch of the recession'

2. pinch

an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed

3. hint, jot, mite, pinch, soupcon, speck, tinge, touch

a slight but appreciable amount

Example Sentences:
'this dish could use a touch of garlic'

4. emergency, exigency, pinch

a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action

Example Sentences:
'he never knew what to do in an emergency'

5. nip, pinch

a small sharp bite or snip

6. pinch, tweak

a squeeze with the fingers

7. apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody

the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

Example Sentences:
'the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar'


8. nip, pinch, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitch

squeeze tightly between the fingers

Example Sentences:
'He pinched her behind'
'She squeezed the bottle'

9. crimp, pinch

make ridges into by pinching together

10. abstract, cabbage, filch, hook, lift, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, snarf, sneak, swipe

make off with belongings of others

11. pinch, top

cut the top off

Example Sentences:
'top trees and bushes'

12. pinch, vellicate

irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear

Example Sentences:
'smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth'
'the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of pinch
to press (something, esp flesh) tightly between two surfaces, esp between a finger and the thumb
to confine, squeeze, or painfully press (toes, fingers, etc) because of lack of space
these shoes pinch
3. (transitive)
to cause stinging pain to
the cold pinched his face
4. (transitive)
to make thin or drawn-looking, as from grief, lack of food, etc
5. (usually foll by on)
to provide (oneself or another person) with meagre allowances, amounts, etc
6.  pinch pennies
7. (transitive) nautical
to sail (a sailing vessel) so close to the wind that her sails begin to luff and she loses way
8. (intransitive; sometimes foll by out)
(of a vein of ore) to narrow or peter out
9. (usually foll by off, out, or back)
to remove the tips of (buds, shoots, etc) to correct or encourage growth
10. (transitive) informal
to steal or take without asking
11. (transitive) informal
to arrest
a squeeze or sustained nip
the quantity of a substance, such as salt, that can be taken between a thumb and finger
a very small quantity
a critical situation; predicament; emergency
if it comes to the pinch we'll have to manage
16.  the pinch
17.  pinch bar
18. slang
a robbery
19. slang
a police raid or arrest
20.  at a pinch
21.  with a pinch of salt

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see synonyms of pinch
verb transitive
to squeeze between a finger and the thumb or between two surfaces, edges, etc.
to nip off the end of (a plant shoot), as for controlling bud development
to press painfully upon (some part of the body)
to cause distress or discomfort to
to cause to become thin, cramped, etc., as by hunger, pain, cold, etc.
to restrict closely; straiten; stint
usually in the passive voice
7.  Slang
to steal
to arrest
8.  Nautical
to sail (a vessel) too close to the wind when closehauled
verb intransitive
to squeeze painfully
to be stingy or niggardly
to be frugal with expenses; economize
11.  US, Mining
to become narrower; hence, to give (out)
said of a vein of ore
a pinching; squeeze or nip
the quantity that may be grasped between the finger and thumb
a small amount
distress; hardship; difficulty
an emergency; urgent situation or time
now usually in the phrase in a pinch
16.  Slang
a theft
an arrest or police raid
17.  Baseball
of or having to do with a substitute hitter or runner

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of pinch
v. pinched, pinch·ing, pinch·es
1. To squeeze (something) between the thumb and a finger, the jaws of a tool, or other edges.
2. To cause pain or discomfort to (a part of the body) by pressing or being too tight: These shoes pinch my toes.
3. To nip, wither, or shrivel: buds that were pinched by the frost; a face that was pinched with grief.
4. To cause to be in difficulty or financial distress: "A year and a half of the blockade has pinched Germany" (William L. Shirer).
5. Slang To take (money or property) wrongfully. See Synonyms at steal.
6. Slang To take into custody; arrest.
7. To move (something) with a pinch bar.
8. Nautical To sail (a boat) so close into the wind that its sails shiver and its speed is reduced.
1. To press, squeeze, or bind painfully: This collar pinches.
2. To draw a thumb and a finger together on a touchscreen to cause the image to become smaller.
3. To be frugal or miserly: If we pinch, we might save some money.
4. Nautical To drag an oar at the end of a stroke.
1. The act or an instance of pinching.
2. An amount that can be held between thumb and forefinger: a pinch of salt.
3. Difficulty or hardship: felt the pinch of the recession.
4. An emergency situation: This coat will do in a pinch.
5. A narrowing of a mineral deposit, as in a mine.
6. Informal A theft.
7. Slang An arrest by a law enforcement officer.
Relating to pinch-hitting or pinch runners: a pinch single; a pinch steal of third base.

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