To pinch at


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To pinch at to find fault with; to take exception to.
    • ***


  • Samuel Butler
    “A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.”


In literature:

I would have liked to join them, but I had set out to make of myself enough of a sailor to serve at a pinch, and I stuck to my task.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
At daybreak, therefore, as soon as he unclosed his eyes, he gently pinched the winged horse's ear, in order to arouse him.
"My First Cruise" by W.H.G. Kingston
At first none was visible: his pinched smile was screwed to his blank face like a gas-light to a white-washed wall.
"The Triumph Of Night" by Edith Wharton
I don't care to be taken Jack-at-a-pinch.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
We can give you a bed (two to spare, at a pinch three), and show you a garden and a view or so.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
But hunger pinches, Ulysses again goes to sleep at the wrong moment, and the oxen of the Sun are slain by his men.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
He remembered how he had counseled her to boldness before and failed at the pinch.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Nimes itself could wait; at a pinch I could attend to Nimes in the rain.
"A Little Tour in France" by Henry James
At parting they generally stopped to kiss hands and take a pinch of snuff.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
Betty stood before the figure of Queen Elizabeth, whose waxen face is pinched and worn, and really most horrible to look at.
"John and Betty's History Visit" by Margaret Williamson

In poetry:

O self-questioner! None
Unlocks your answer. Steadily look, nor flinch.
This belongs to your kind,
And knows its aim and fails not itself at a pinch.
"Commercial" by Robert Laurence Binyon
"He goes about and sits on folk
That eat too much at night:
His duties are to pinch, and poke,
And squeeze them till they nearly choke."
(I said "It serves them right!")
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
When I went to look at what had long been hidden,
A jewel laid long ago in a secret place,
I trembled, for I thought to see its dark deep fire—
But only a pinch of dust blew up in my face.
"Dust" by Sara Teasdale
You will dread no pinching dearth
In the home where you love to lie,
For your floor will be good brown earth
And your roof the open sky.
There'll be room for all at your festival when the heart-red wine runs high.
"Wilfred" by John Le Gay Brereton
"He fixed your breath in flowers, the Trees
To Chandeliers would turn:
He pinched your toes, he nipped your nose,
He made your cheek a wrinkled Rose:
Perhaps at night you heard him sneeze,
And the Jug was cracked at morn!
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey
You pinched a child to a torture price
That you dared not name in words;
So black a jest was the silver bit
That your own speech shook for the shame of it,
And the coward was plain as a cow they hit
When the cattle have strayed at Swords.
"A Song Of Swords" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

Investigators say it appears a pinched cable leading to an electric range is where the fire started at the Beechwood School.
You look at a little child and want to pinch his pudgy cheek because he's so cute, or grab her chubby little leg.
Watching "Pipe Dream" at City Center, you have to pinch yourself now and then to make sure you're not hallucinating.
PINCH a coin at its edge between the thumb and first fingers of your right hand and begin to place it in your left palm, without letting go.
It's creating a pinch some pet owners are feeling online and at the local pet store when trying to find mealworms for their pet bird.
We're all feeling the pinch this year, whether we're pulling up to the gas pump, filling our carts at the grocery store, opening a letter from the I.R.S.
Congressman Connie Mack has made penny-pinching debt-reduction central to his US Senate campaign, but privately he has struggled at times with borrowing and paying his own obligations, court records show.
Congressman Connie Mack has made penny- pinching debt-reduction central to his US Senate campaign, but privately he has struggled at times with borrowing and paying his own obligations, court records show.
Now he'll have another opportunity to face major league pitching, as the Marlins are giving him a pinch-hit at-bat tonight.
As food prices continue to rise, many of us are pinching pennies and looking for ways to make our money go farther at the checkout counter.
Judith Garcia, 19, pinches her abdomen to make a firm place to give herself an injection of insulin at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Commerce, Calif, Sunday, April 29, 2012.
Jose Duarte hit a two-run pinch- hit home r, and Gil Velazquez and Chris Coghlan drove in a run apiece to back another solid start by Elih Villanueva in a 5-3 New Orleans Zephyrs' victory against Iowa on Monday night at Zephyr Field.
Chipper Jones indicated he very much hopes to at least pinch hit in his final game as a player in Flushing.
When my boyfriend was invited to read a story of his at the launch of the newest issue of The Pinch literary magazine, based in.
Joe Girardi asked Alex Rodriguez to take a seat and be pinch-hit for, with the Yankees losing 2-1, in the bottom of the 9th inning at Yankee Stadium.

In science:

There exists a number ǫb which only depend on the pinching constant b of M , such that the group Γǫ generated by elements in Γ of length at most ǫb with respect to a fixed point in M is almost nilpotent of rank at most 2.
Quasiconformal Rigidity of Negatively Curved Three Manifolds
Iaux. to zero a large fraction of the photoelectrons are lost due to magnetic reflection, as their angle at the pinch magnet reaches values of θmagnet = 90◦ .
Prototype of an angular-selective photoelectron calibration source for the KATRIN experiment
In the scaling limit, the G -geodesic, continually pinched at all scales by dense loops, is forced to pass through all their contact points.
The Hausdorff Dimension of Two-Dimensional Quantum Gravity
A w(y) of degree N thus generates contributions, unsuppressed by additional powers of α s , up to D = 2N + 2. “Pinched ” ( “unpinched ”) w( s) are those with (without) a zero at s = s0 .
Issues in determining alpha_s from hadronic tau decay and electroproduction data
In Fig. 5 we clearly see that the zeros tend to pinch the positive real y−axis as the number of sites increases (thermodynamic limit) at the critical temperature c = 0.25.
Yang-Lee Zeros of the Ising model on Random Graphs of Non Planar Topology