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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.
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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