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Pinched meaning in English

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1. adenoidal, nasal, pinched

sounding as if the nose were pinched

Example Sentences:
'a whining nasal voice'

2. bony, cadaverous, emaciated, gaunt, haggard, pinched, skeletal, wasted

very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold

Example Sentences:
'emaciated bony hands'
'a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys'
'eyes were haggard and cavernous'
'small pinched faces'
'kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration'

4. pinched

as if squeezed uncomfortably tight

Example Sentences:
'her pinched toes in her pointed shoes were killing her'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of pinched
(of someone's face) thin and pale, usually because of illness or old age
Her face was pinched and drawn.
She was a small woman with pinched features.
They lived in pinched circumstances.
Many candidates were pinched for campaign funds.
The town's a little pinched for money.
The car was pinched for rear seat passenger space.

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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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