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pinch / pinch/ • v. [tr.] 1. grip (the skin of someone's body) tightly and sharply between finger and thumb. ∎  grip the skin of a part of the body of (someone) in such a way: Rosa pinched her hard. ∎  (of a shoe) hurt (a foot) by being too tight. ∎  compress (the lips), esp. with worry or tension: Aunt Rose pinched her thin lips together. ∎  remove (a bud, leaves, etc.) to encourage bushy growth. 2. [intr.] live in a frugal way: if I pinch and scrape, I might manage. 3. inf. arrest (someone): I was pinched for speeding. ∎ inf. steal: he pinched a handful of candies. 4. Sailing sail (a boat) so close to the wind that the sails begin to lose power. • n. 1. an act of gripping the skin of someone's body between finger and thumb: he gave her a gentle pinch. ∎  an amount of an ingredient that can be held between fingers and thumb: add a pinch of salt. 2. inf. an arrest. ∎  an act of theft or plagiarism. PHRASES: in a pinch in a critical situation; if absolutely necessary. feel the pinch experience hardship, esp. financial. pinch (one's) penniessee penny.DERIVATIVES: pinch·er n.

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pinch compress between the tips of finger and thumb, the teeth, etc. XIV; nip as with cold; stint, restrict XVI. — AN., ONF. *pinchier, var. of OF. pincier (mod. pincer):- Rom. *pīnctiāre, alt. of *punctiāre (see PUNCHEON1) by assoc. with *pīk- PICK2.

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Pinch

a very small quantity.

Examples : pinch of pleasure, 1583; of salt; of snuff, 1712; of fresh tea, 1840.

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pinch •Romansh •blanch, Blanche, branch, ranch, tranche •avalanche •backbench, bench, blench, clench, Dench, drench, entrench, French, frontbench, quench, stench, tench, trench, wench, wrench •crossbench • workbench •cinch, clinch, finch, flinch, inch, lynch, Minch, pinch, squinch, winch •chaffinch • greenfinch • hawfinch •goldfinch • bullfinch •carte blanche, conch •graunch, haunch, launch, paunch, raunch, staunch •brunch, bunch, crunch, hunch, lunch, munch, punch, scrunch •honeybunch • keypunch

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