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pinch

pinch - Dictionary definition and meaning for word pinch

Definition
(noun) a painful or straitened circumstance
Example Sentence
  • the pinch of the recession

Definition
(noun) an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
Definition
(noun) a slight but appreciable amount
Synonyms : hint , jot , mite , soupcon , speck , tinge , touch
Example Sentence
  • this dish could use a touch of garlic

Definition
(noun) a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action
Synonyms : emergency , exigency
Example Sentence
  • he never knew what to do in an emergency

Definition
(noun) a small sharp bite or snip
Synonyms : nip

Definition
(noun) a squeeze with the fingers
Synonyms : tweak

Definition
(noun) the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
Example Sentence
  • the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar

Definition
(verb) squeeze tightly between the fingers
Synonyms : nip , squeeze , tweet , twinge , twitch
Example Sentence
  • He pinched her behind
  • She squeezed the bottle

Definition
(verb) make ridges into by pinching together
Synonyms : crimp

Definition
(verb) make off with belongings of others
Synonyms : abstract , cabbage , filch , hook , lift , nobble , pilfer , purloin , snarf , sneak , swipe

Definition
(verb) cut the top off
Synonyms : top
Example Sentence
  • top trees and bushes

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(verb) irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear
Synonyms : vellicate
Example Sentence
  • smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth
  • the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back

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