"pinch" in the noun sense
a painful or straitened circumstance
"the pinch of the recession"
an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
3. touch, hint, tinge, mite, pinch, jot, speck, soupcon
a slight but appreciable amount
"this dish could use a touch of garlic"
4. emergency, exigency, pinch
a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action
"he never knew what to do in an emergency"
5. nip, pinch
a small sharp bite or snip
6. pinch, tweak
a squeeze with the fingers
7. apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody
the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal
"the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
"pinch" in the verb sense
1. pinch, squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch
squeeze tightly between the fingers
"He pinched her behind"
"She squeezed the bottle"
2. crimp, pinch
make ridges into by pinching together
3. pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift
make off with belongings of others
4. top, pinch
cut the top off
"top trees and bushes"
5. pinch, vellicate
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"
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