Definition of Pinch

1. Noun. A painful or straitened circumstance. "The pinch of the recession"

Generic synonyms: Difficulty



2. Verb. Squeeze tightly between the fingers. "They pinch the trees"; "She squeezed the bottle"
Exact synonyms: Nip, Squeeze, Tweet, Twinge, Twitch
Generic synonyms: Grip
Specialized synonyms: Goose, Tweak
Derivative terms: Nipper, Squeeze, Squeeze

3. Noun. An injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed.
Generic synonyms: Harm, Hurt, Injury, Trauma

4. Verb. Make ridges into by pinching together.
Exact synonyms: Crimp
Generic synonyms: Fold, Fold Up, Turn Up
Specialized synonyms: Flute
Derivative terms: Crimp

5. Noun. A slight but appreciable amount. "This dish could use a touch of garlic"
Exact synonyms: Hint, Jot, Mite, Soupcon, Speck, Tinge, Touch
Generic synonyms: Small Indefinite Amount, Small Indefinite Quantity
Specialized synonyms: Snuff

6. Verb. Make off with belongings of others. "They pinch the money "
Exact synonyms: Abstract, Cabbage, Filch, Hook, Lift, Nobble, Pilfer, Purloin, Snarf, Sneak, Swipe
Generic synonyms: Steal
Derivative terms: Cabbage, Lifter, Pilferage, Pilferer

7. Noun. A sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action. ; "He never knew what to do in an emergency"
Exact synonyms: Emergency, Exigency
Generic synonyms: Crisis
Derivative terms: Emergent, Exigent

8. Verb. Cut the top off. "They pinch the trees"; "Top trees and bushes"
Exact synonyms: Top
Generic synonyms: Clip, Crop, Cut Back, Dress, Lop, Prune, Snip, Trim
Specialized synonyms: Tail
Derivative terms: Top, Topper

9. Noun. A small sharp bite or snip.
Exact synonyms: Nip
Generic synonyms: Clip, Clipping, Snip, Bite, Chomp
Derivative terms: Nip

10. Verb. Irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear. "The pain is as if sharp points pinch your back"
Exact synonyms: Vellicate
Generic synonyms: Irritate

11. Noun. A squeeze with the fingers.
Exact synonyms: Tweak
Generic synonyms: Squeeze, Squeezing
Derivative terms: Tweak, Tweak

12. Noun. The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal). "The policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
Exact synonyms: Apprehension, Arrest, Catch, Collar, Taking Into Custody
Generic synonyms: Capture, Gaining Control, Seizure
Derivative terms: Apprehend, Arrest, Catch, Collar

Definition of Pinch

1. v. t. 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.

2. v. i. To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches.

3. n. A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or with an instrument; a nip.

4. v. t. To seize by way of theft; to steal; also, to catch; to arrest.

Definition of Pinch

1. Verb. To squeeze a small amount of a person's skin and flesh, making it hurt. ¹

2. Verb. To steal, usually of something almost trivial or inconsequential. ¹

3. Verb. To arrest or capture. ¹

4. Verb. (horticulture) To cut shoots or buds of a plant in order to shape the plant, or to improve its yield. ¹

5. Verb. (nautical) To sail so close-hauled that the sails begin to flutter. ¹

6. Verb. ¹

7. Noun. The action of squeezing a small amount of a person's skin and flesh, making it hurt. ¹

8. Noun. A small amount of powder or granules, such that the amount could be held between fingertip and thumb tip. ¹

9. Noun. An awkward situation of some kind (especially money or social) which is difficult to escape. ¹

10. Noun. An organic herbal smoke additive. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pinch

1. to squeeze between two edges or surfaces [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pinch

pinboard
pinboards
pinbone
pinbones
pincase
pincases
pince-nez
pincement
pincer
pincer attack
pincer nail
pincered
pincering
pincerlike
pincers
pinch (current term)
pinch-hit
pinch-hits
pinch-hitter
pinch-hitting
pinch and a punch for the first of the month
pinch bar
pinch cake
pinch effect
pinch graft
pinch hit
pinch hits
pinch hitter
pinch hitters

Literary usage of Pinch

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1. Philosophical Magazine (1830)
"Satron Hangers to pinch Yate. Feet. By pinch Yate and Calvey 21874 Bakestone ... By pinch Yate and Barker 32664 -• Bakestone Edge 68 Mean 32666 Holgate ..."

2. Bell's British Theatre, Consisting of the Most Esteemed English Plays by John Bell (1780)
"Mrs. pinch. Yes, for he lent away a youth that wa« there, for fome dried fruit and ... pinch. So, and you two were only in the room. pinch. Did he fo ? ..."

3. Philosophical Magazine (1830)
"Satron Hangers to pinch Yate. Feet. By pinch Yate and Calvey 21874 Bakestone ... By pinch Yate and Barker 32664 -• Bakestone Edge 68 Mean 32666 Holgate ..."

4. Bell's British Theatre, Consisting of the Most Esteemed English Plays by John Bell (1780)
"Mrs. pinch. Yes, for he lent away a youth that wa« there, for fome dried fruit and ... pinch. So, and you two were only in the room. pinch. Did he fo ? ..."

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