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Meaning & Definition of Pinch in English

English

Pinch

/pɪnʧ/

noun

1. A painful or straitened circumstance

  • "The pinch of the recession"
    synonym:
  • pinch

2. An injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed

    synonym:
  • pinch

3. A slight but appreciable amount

  • "This dish could use a touch of garlic"
    synonym:
  • touch
  • ,
  • hint
  • ,
  • tinge
  • ,
  • mite
  • ,
  • pinch
  • ,
  • jot
  • ,
  • speck
  • ,
  • soupcon

4. A sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action

  • "He never knew what to do in an emergency"
    synonym:
  • emergency
  • ,
  • exigency
  • ,
  • pinch

5. A small sharp bite or snip

    synonym:
  • nip
  • ,
  • pinch

6. A squeeze with the fingers

    synonym:
  • pinch
  • ,
  • tweak

7. The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

  • "The policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
    synonym:
  • apprehension
  • ,
  • arrest
  • ,
  • catch
  • ,
  • collar
  • ,
  • pinch
  • ,
  • taking into custody

verb

1. Squeeze tightly between the fingers

  • "He pinched her behind"
  • "She squeezed the bottle"
    synonym:
  • pinch
  • ,
  • squeeze
  • ,
  • twinge
  • ,
  • tweet
  • ,
  • nip
  • ,
  • twitch

2. Make ridges into by pinching together

    synonym:
  • crimp
  • ,
  • pinch

3. Make off with belongings of others

    synonym:
  • pilfer
  • ,
  • cabbage
  • ,
  • purloin
  • ,
  • pinch
  • ,
  • abstract
  • ,
  • snarf
  • ,
  • swipe
  • ,
  • hook
  • ,
  • sneak
  • ,
  • filch
  • ,
  • nobble
  • ,
  • lift

4. Cut the top off

  • "Top trees and bushes"
    synonym:
  • top
  • ,
  • pinch

5. Irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear

  • "Smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth"
  • "The pain is as if sharp points pinch your back"
    synonym:
  • pinch
  • ,
  • vellicate