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pinch    : [p'ɪntʃ]
Pinch \Pinch\, n.
1. A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or
with an instrument; a nip.
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2. As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any
very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff.
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3. Pian; pang. "Necessary's sharp pinch." --Shak.
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4. A lever having a projection at one end, acting as a
fulcrum, -- used chiefly to roll heavy wheels, etc. Called
also {pinch bar}.
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{At a pinch}, {On a pinch}, in an emergency; as, he could on
a pinch read a little Latin.
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Pinch \Pinch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pinched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Pinching}.] [F. pincer, probably fr. OD. pitsen to pinch;
akin to G. pfetzen to cut, pinch; perhaps of Celtic origin.
Cf. {Piece}.]
1. 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.
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2. to seize; to grip; to bite; -- said of animals. [Obs.]
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He [the hound] pinched and pulled her down.
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3. To plait. [Obs.]
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Full seemly her wimple ipinched was. --Chaucer.
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4. Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to
starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money.
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Want of room . . . pinching a whole nation. --Sir W.
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5. To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a
pinch. See {Pinch}, n., 4.
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6. To seize by way of theft; to steal; to lift. [Slang]
--Robert Barr.
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7. to catch; to arrest (a criminal).
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Pinch \Pinch\, v. i.
1. To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as,
the shoe pinches.
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2. (Hunt.) To take hold; to grip, as a dog does. [Obs.]
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3. To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous. --Gower.
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The wretch whom avarice bids to pinch and spare.
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{To pinch at}, to find fault with; to take exception to.
[Obs.] --Chaucer.
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n 1: a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the
2: an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
3: a slight but appreciable amount; "this dish could use a touch
of garlic" [synonym: {touch}, {hint}, {tinge}, {mite}, {pinch},
{jot}, {speck}, {soupcon}]
4: a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that
requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an
emergency" [synonym: {emergency}, {exigency}, {pinch}]
5: a small sharp bite or snip [synonym: {nip}, {pinch}]
6: a squeeze with the fingers [synonym: {pinch}, {tweak}]
7: the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal);
"the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar" [synonym:
{apprehension}, {arrest}, {catch}, {collar}, {pinch}, {taking
into custody}]
v 1: squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her
behind"; "She squeezed the bottle" [synonym: {pinch},
{squeeze}, {twinge}, {tweet}, {nip}, {twitch}]
2: make ridges into by pinching together [synonym: {crimp}, {pinch}]
3: make off with belongings of others [synonym: {pilfer}, {cabbage},
{purloin}, {pinch}, {abstract}, {snarf}, {swipe}, {hook},
{sneak}, {filch}, {nobble}, {lift}]
4: cut the top off; "top trees and bushes" [synonym: {top}, {pinch}]
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" [synonym: {pinch}, {vellicate}]

396 Moby Thesaurus words for "pinch":
abstract, ace, acute pain, afflict, agonize, ail, alternate,
alternative, and, annex, apprehend, apprehension, approach,
appropriate, arrest, arrestation, arrestment, atom, backup, bag,
bare cupboard, bare subsistence, beat, beat to windward,
beggarliness, beggary, begrudge, bind, bit, bite, boost,
boring pain, borrow, breakers ahead, burglary, burn, bust, caper,
capture, cardhouse, catch, cause for alarm, center, centralize,
chafe, charley horse, clamp, clamping, clamping down, climacteric,
close, close in, close up, close with, close-haul, clutch, collar,
come together, complication, compress, compression, compulsion,
concenter, concentralize, concentrate, confine, constraint,
contingency, converge, convergence of events, convulse, cop,
counterfeit, cramp, cramps, crib, crick, crisis, critical juncture,
critical point, crossroads, crucial period, crucify, crunch, crush,
crux, cubby, cubbyhole, cut, dab, danger, dangerous ground,
darting pain, defraud, deprivation, destitution, difficulty,
dilemma, distress, doghouse, dole, dot, dram, dribble, driblet,
drive, dummy, dwarf, economize, embarrassing position,
embarrassment, embezzle, emergency, empty purse, endangerment,
ensphere, equivalent, ersatz, exact, excruciate, exigency, extort,
extremity, fake, fall in with, famish, farthing, fester, filch,
fine how-do-you-do, fleck, flyspeck, fragment, fret,
fulgurant pain, funnel, gall, gaping chasm, gathering clouds,
girdle pain, give pain, gnaw, gnawing, gobbet, gouge, grab, grain,
granule, grasp, grate, grind, grinding poverty, grip, gripe,
griping, groat, grudge, hair, hand-to-mouth existence, handful,
harrow, hazard, heist, hell to pay, high pressure, hinge, hitch,
hobble, hole, homelessness, hook, hot water, house of cards,
how-do-you-do, hurt, imbroglio, imitation, imperativeness,
imperilment, impoverishment, impulse, impulsion, indigence,
inflame, inflict pain, intersect, iota, irritate, jam, jeopardy,
job, joker, jot, jumping pain, kill by inches, kink, knock off,
lacerate, lack, lancinating pain, lift, little, little bit,
live upon nothing, luff, luff up, make a pinch, make off with,
makeshift, martyr, martyrize, meet, menace, mendicancy, mess,
minim, minimum, minutiae, mite, mix, mock, modicum, molecule,
moneylessness, morass, mote, nab, narrow the gap, necessitousness,
necessity, need, neediness, netting, nick, nip, nutshell, ounce,
pain, palm, pang, parlous straits, paroxysm, particle, pass,
pauperism, pauperization, pebble, penury, peril, phony, pickle,
pickup, pierce, pigeonhole, pilfer, pinch pennies, pittance,
playhouse, plight, ply, poach, point, predicament, press, pressure,
pretty pass, pretty pickle, pretty predicament, prick, privation,
prolong the agony, provisional, proxy, pull in, purloin, push,
put to torture, quagmire, quicksand, rack, rankle, rash impulse,
rasp, reserve, rip-off, risk, rob, robbery, rocks ahead, rub,
run away with, run in, run together, rustle, sail fine, save,
scamp, scant, scrape, screw, scrimp, scrounge, scruple, secondary,
seizure, shake, sharp pain, shoot, shooting, shooting pain,
shoplift, skimp, slough, smidgen, smidgin, smitch, snag, snare,
snatch, snitch, soupcon, spare, spasm, speck, spoonful, spot,
squeeze, squeezing, stab, stabbing pain, starve, steal, stew,
sticky wicket, sting, stint, stitch, stopgap, storm clouds, strait,
straits, stress, substitute, swamp, swindle, swipe, tad, take,
take into custody, taper, taste, temporary, tension, tentative,
theft, thieve, thimbleful, thin ice, threat, thrill, throes,
tight spot, tight squeeze, tighten, tightening, tightrope,
tiny bit, tittle, tormen, torment, torture, touch, touch the wind,
tricky spot, trifling amount, trivia, turn, turning, turning point,
tweak, twinge, twist, twitch, unholy mess, unite, urge, urgency,
utility, vicarious, wad up, walk off with, want, whit, wound,
wrench, wring

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