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Definition of Pinch


  1. To seize by way of theft; to steal; also, to catch; to arrest.
  2. 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.
  3. o seize; to grip; to bite; -- said of animals.
  4. To plait.
  5. Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money.
  6. To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch. See Pinch, n., 4.
  7. To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches.
  8. To take hold; to grip, as a dog does.
  9. To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous.
  10. A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or with an instrument; a nip.
  11. As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff.
  12. Pian; pang.
  13. A lever having a projection at one end, acting as a fulcrum, -- used chiefly to roll heavy wheels, etc. Called also pinch bar.

Pinch Quotations

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.
Bo Bennett

Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip.
John Locke

You get moments all the time that kind of make you pinch yourself, some of them make you quite emotional. Winning a BRIT was a big moment because we were just so excited to be at the awards in the first place. Selling out Madison Square Garden was pretty amazing too. Then we woke to the news that our UK tour was sold out. It was crazy.
Harry Styles

The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired.
William Shakespeare

Of course, I do have a slight advantage over the rest of you. It helps in a pinch to be able to remind your bride that you gave up a throne for her.
Edward VIII
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Pinch Translations

pinch in Dutch is klemmen, tokkelen, knijpen, nijpen
pinch in French is pincon, pincer, caponner
pinch in German is kneife, Kniff, zwicken
pinch in Italian is pizzicare
pinch in Spanish is pizcar, apuro
pinch in Swedish is knipa, nypa
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