• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Pinchers An instrument having two handles and two grasping jaws working on a pivot; -- used for griping things to be held fast, drawing nails, etc.☞ This spelling is preferable to pincers, both on account of its derivation from the English pinch, and because it represents the common pronunciation.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pinchers an instrument for gripping anything firmly, esp. for drawing out nails, &c
    • ***


Penny pincher - A penny pincher is a mean person or who is very frugal.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Pinch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pincer; prob. Teut., cf. Dut. pitsen, to pinch.


In literature:

Alice held Pincher, and we all shouted, 'Kick!
"The Story of the Treasure Seekers" by E. Nesbit
However, the forts, and Pincher, and the girls crying, and having to be thumped on the back, passed the time very agreeably till dinner.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
Oh, I ain't a pincher, an' I know you like dancin'.
"The Valley of the Moon" by Jack London
Oh, I can pinch as well as a clam, I'm king of all pinchers, you bet I am.
"The Iceberg Express" by David Magie Cory
Her name was Pincher, and she was a good woman.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
What a look of bewilderment he would put on, as my gallant little 'Pincher,' with a short, sharp, defiant bark would go boldly at him.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
The oil-fields of Pincher Creek, with their rich promise of becoming a second Pennsylvania, are contiguous to the city.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
They had to be took out with a pinchers or they'd 'a' sewed his skin on to a barn door.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
He made some of these by hand with the aid of pinchers and hammer.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 1, January 5, 1884." by Various
Pincher is a nice little fellow; you'd better have Pincher.
"Six to Sixteen" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
GEORGE W. GILL, Main St., Pincher Creek, Alta, Canada.
"Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured" by Chas. Cluthe & Sons
I made you, you old nickel-pincher, and now you go by me and don't even say: 'Have a drink!
"Rimrock Jones" by Dane Coolidge
Here, Pincher, Juno, Pat, Kafoula, 'Mfan, come in, you silly duffers!
"The Adventures of Dick Maitland" by Harry Collingwood
He was greatly beloved at Pincher Creek, where the citizens erected a monument to his memory.
"Policing the Plains" by R.G. MacBeth
The reins lay across Pincher's neck.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
But as we ran by the river we came on Jim and Pincher.
"Golden Moments" by Anonymous
Between 11.30 A.M. and 12 noon the action was opened, His Majesty's ships Humber, Pincher, and Chelmer engaging enemy's heavy guns.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
I know whar he keeps his pinchers.
"John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein" by Frank R. Stockton
Immediately after his arrest, his legs were torn with red-hot pinchers, and these wounds were not allowed to heal.
"Paris" by William Walton
As for the pinchers, they proved to be quite as useful as the other gifts he received from the king.
"The Islands of Magic" by Elsie Spicer Eells

In poetry:

Here's mi supper, an aw'll spare thee a part,--
Gently, pincher! Tak thi time. Here tha art;
That's thy share.
Are ta chooakin? Sarve thi reight! Tak thi time!
Why it's wasted, owt 'at's gien thee 'at's prime.
Aw declare.
"A Lucky Dog" by John Hartley
Knocks and footsteps round the house — whistles after dark —
You've no call for running out till the house-dogs bark.
Trusty's here, and Pincher's here, and see how dumb they lie —
They don't fret to follow when the Gentlemen go by!
"A Smuggler's Song" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Council bans Pit Bull Terriers, Rottweilers and Doberman Pinchers.
The party pincher, Norene Cox was back with ideas you can pull off with just a simple run into the grocery store.
Buzz Osborne of Melvins on how to him Beastie Boys were Warlock Pinchers for Dummies.
Learn how to fry a filet of black grouper with the help of chef Beau Perry at Pincher's Crab Shack at Tin City in Naples.
Eating a piece of Pincher's Key lime pie is something like eating a Key-lime scented cloud.
Pincher , 94, Altoona, died Wednesday evening at Van Zandt VA Medical Center after an extended illness.
He was born in Todd, son of the late Fred D and Nora J (Hampton) Pincher .
Pincher , 94, Altoona, died Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012, at Van Zandt VA Medical Center.
Face-biting suspect may just be cheek- pincher Police say childrens' injuries not consistent with being bitten.
Lost Miniture Pincher Female Click to enlarge.
FMB Pinchers Crab Shack announces new general manager.
Council bans Pit Bull Terriers, Rottweilers and Doberman Pinchers .
Our column for fashionable penny pinchers is back.
The impending money apocalypse has forced even the most die-hard gizmo geeks to become careful penny pinchers.
When the Warlock Pinchers announced they'd be reuniting for two shows in August 2010, Denver exploded with excitement.