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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

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

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

Part of the beauty of the show in a way is that he's not perfect, but you can always count on him to do the right thing in a pinch. That's why he inspires people and inspires me.
Stephen Collins

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

When in doubt, always opt for going naturel rather than hiding your skin under foundation and such. Line your eyes with kohl and mascara, put on some bright lip gloss and pinch your cheeks a little bit to get them all flushed and bright!
Genelia D'Souza
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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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