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Adjective: pinched  pincht
  1. Sounding as if the nose were pinched
    "a whining pinched voice";
    - adenoidal, nasal
     
  2. Very thin especially from disease, hunger or cold
    "small pinched faces";
    - bony, cadaverous, emaciated, gaunt, haggard, skeletal, wasted
     
  3. Not having enough money to pay for necessities
    "The pinched gentlemen asked for a loan";
    - hard up, impecunious, in straitened circumstances, penniless, penurious, badly-off
     
  4. As if squeezed uncomfortably tight
    "her pinched toes in her pointed shoes were killing her"
Verb: pinch  pinch
  1. Press tightly between the fingers
    "He pinched her behind";
    - squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch
     
  2. Make ridges into by pinching together
    - crimp
     
  3. [Brit] Make off with belongings of others
    - pilfer, cabbage, purloin, abstract, snarf [N. Amer], swipe, hook, sneak, filch [informal], nobble [Brit], lift, whip [Brit], nick [Brit, informal], snatch
     
  4. Cut the top off
    - top
     
  5. Irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear
    "the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back";
    - vellicate
     
  6. [Brit] Take into custody
    "the police pinched the suspected criminals";
    - collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, cop, nick [Brit]
     
  7. Be frugal or miserly
    "Don't pinch on health insurance"
     
  8. Feel the effect of straitened circumstance (e.g. lack of money)
    "Staffing and budget levels were pinched by the 2012 recession"

See also: constricted, high, high-pitched, lean, meager [N. Amer], meagre [Brit, Cdn], poor, thin

Type of: clip, clutch, crop, cut back, dress, fold, fold up, grip, irritate, lop, prehend [archaic], prune, seize, snip, steal, trim, turn up

Encyclopedia: Pinched

Pinch, West Virginia