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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, snatch, nick [Brit, informal], whip [Brit]
  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, informal] Take into custody
    "the police pinched the suspected criminals";
    - collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, cop, nick [Brit, informal]
  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"
Noun: pinch  pinch
  1. A painful or straitened circumstance
    "the pinch of the recession"
  2. An injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
  3. A slight but appreciable amount
    "this dish could use a pinch of garlic";
    - touch, hint, tinge, mite, jot, speck, soupçon
  4. A sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action
    - emergency, exigency, exigence
  5. A small sharp bite or snip
    - nip
  6. A squeeze with the fingers
    - tweak
  7. The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
    - apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, taking into custody

Derived forms: pinched, pinching, pinches

Type of: bite, capture, chomp, clip, clipping, clutch, crisis, crop, cut back, difficulty, dress, fold, fold up, gaining control, grip, harm, hurt, injury, irritate, lop, prehend [archaic], prune, seize, seizure, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, snip, squeeze, squeezing, steal, trauma, trim, turn up

Encyclopedia: Pinch, WV