• Jo undertook to pinch the papered locks
    Jo undertook to pinch the papered locks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pinch 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"
    • v pinch cut the top off "top trees and bushes"
    • v pinch squeeze tightly between the fingers "He pinched her behind","She squeezed the bottle"
    • v pinch make ridges into by pinching together
    • v pinch make off with belongings of others
    • n pinch the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
    • n pinch a squeeze with the fingers
    • n pinch a small sharp bite or snip
    • n pinch a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action "he never knew what to do in an emergency"
    • n pinch a slight but appreciable amount "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
    • n pinch an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
    • n pinch a painful or straitened circumstance "the pinch of the recession"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An apple, onion, and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavor are caused by their smell. To prove this you can pinch your nose and take a bite from each. They will all taste sweet.
    • Pinch A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or with an instrument; a nip.
    • Pinch A lever having a projection at one end, acting as a fulcrum, -- used chiefly to roll heavy wheels, etc. Called also pinch bar.
    • Pinch As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff.
    • Pinch Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money. "Want of room . . . pinching a whole nation."
    • Pinch Pian; pang. "Necessary's sharp pinch ."
    • Pinch To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches .
    • Pinch to catch; to arrest (a criminal).
    • Pinch To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch. See Pinch n., 4.
    • Pinch To plait. "Full seemly her wimple ipinched was."
    • Pinch 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.
    • Pinch To seize by way of theft; to steal; to lift.
    • Pinch to seize; to grip; to bite; -- said of animals. "He [the hound pinched and pulled her down."
    • Pinch To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous. "The wretch whom avarice bids to pinch and spare."
    • Pinch (Hunt) To take hold; to grip, as a dog does.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pinch To compress between the finger and thumb, or between the teeth, or the claws, or with pincers or some similar instrument; squeeze or nip between two hard opposing bodies; nip; squeeze: as, to pinch one's self to keep awake.
    • pinch To squeeze or press painfully upon: as, his shoes pinch his feet.
    • pinch To seize or grip and bite: said of an animal.
    • pinch To find fault with.
    • pinch To plait.
    • pinch To straiten; distress; afflict: as, to be pinched for food; pinched with poverty.
    • pinch To narrow, contract, or nip, as by cold or want or trouble: as, pinched features; a mind narrow and pinched.
    • pinch To move with a pinch or crowbar: as, to pinch a gun into position.
    • pinch To exert a compressing or nipping pressure or force; bear hard: as, that is where the shoe pinches.
    • pinch To lay hold; bite or snap, as a dog.
    • pinch To snarl; carp; find fault.
    • pinch To be sparing, parsimonious, or niggardly.
    • pinch To encroach.
    • n pinch The pressure exerted by the finger and thumb when brought together forcibly upon something, or any similar pressure; a nip: as, to give one a pinch on the arm.
    • n pinch As much of anything as can be lifted between the finger and thumb; hence, a very small quantity: as, a pinch of snuff; a pinch of salt.
    • n pinch A gripe; a pang.
    • n pinch Pressure; oppression; difficulty; need.
    • n pinch A pinch-bar.
    • pinch To arrest (an offender).
    • pinch To steal.
    • pinch Nautical, to sail (a vessel) as close to the wind as she can be brought without spilling the wind out of the sails, that is, without luffing her. A sailing-vessel is said to be starved for wind when she is pinched hard.
    • pinch To compress or be squeezed out, as mineral ore from between rock strata.
    • n pinch In mining, a partial caving in or compression of the walls of a vein of ore or of a coal-bed, sufficient to disturb the ore or coal-bed. Sometimes called a pinch-out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Pinch pinsh to grip hard: to squeeze between two hard or firm substances: to squeeze the flesh so as to give pain: to nip: to distress: to gripe
    • v.i Pinch to act with force: to bear or press hard: to live sparingly
    • n Pinch a close compression with the fingers: what can be taken up between the finger and thumb: an iron bar used as a lever for lifting weights, rolling wheels, &c.: a gripe: distress: oppression
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  • Sir Roger L'Estrange
    Sir Roger L'Estrange
    “The devil helps his servants for a season; but when they get into a pinch; he leaves them in the lurch.”
  • Horace
    “If a man's fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.”
  • 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.”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    “Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil.”
  • Carl Jung
    “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Our income are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and trip.”


Feel the pinch - If someone is short of money or feeling restricted in some other way, they are feeling the pinch.
Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches - This means that it's hard to know how much someone else is suffering..
Pinch of salt - If what someone says should be taken with a pinch of salt, then they exaggerate and distort things, so what they say shouldn't be believed unquestioningly. ('with a grain of salt' is an alternative.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pincer, probably fr. OD. pitsen, to pinch; akin to G. pfetzen, to cut, pinch; perhaps of Celtic origin. Cf. Piece


In literature:

The "pinch effect" had been known for over a century.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
So you pinched him at the wrong moment, and pinched out ninepence in the pound.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Grandmamma glanced again at Flora, and took another pinch of snuff.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
Foster Leverett patted her soft hair, and Warren pinched her cheek in play.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
She had never known the pinchings of poverty, any more than the embarrassments of wealth.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
All at once, Theodora pinched Hubert's arm, and laid her finger on her lip.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
To the yolks add 1/2 a cup of milk, pinch of salt, pepper and 1/2 a cup of bread crumbs.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
One pint flour, one tablespoonful sugar, one teaspoonful baking powder, pinch of salt, rounding tablespoonful lard, milk enough to roll.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Add two eggs, a pinch of salt, and mix well.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
I'll pinch him every time.
"An Australian Lassie" by Lilian Turner

In poetry:

O fallen angel,
the companion within me,
whisper something holy
before you pinch me
into the grave.
"The Fallen Angels" by Anne Sexton
It is not learning, grace nor gear,
Nor easy meat and drink,
But bitter pinch of pain and fear
That makes creation think.
"The Benefactors" by Rudyard Kipling
Although he no relentings felt
Till he had spent his store;
His stubborn heart began to melt
When famine pinched him sore.
"The Prodigal Son" by John Newton
They turned me pockets inside out,
And took me only quid!
I never thought they’d pinch me pipe,
But swelp me gawd they did!
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington
``And when the boughs stretch bare and fallows hoar,
And plovers wheel about the moorland wide,
Hear the pinched wind wailing through chink and door,
With piteous prayer to share the warm fireside.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
Thus Frisseur his new trade began;
Was what he wish'd--the gentleman:
And found a charming specimen
How future profits would flow in;
Thought he'd his pinching irons sell,
For he could pinch without them well.
"The Milkman" by William Hutton

In news:

(1 stick) butter 1 pinch garlic powder 1 pinch dried oregano 1 pinch ground basil.
The interface has pinch-to-zoom capabilities and one-tap interactions with account locations.
Compared with other media businesses, MSOs aren't feeling much of a pinch.
Pinch dried red pepper flakes (optional).
Changing a regulation that had pinched new teachers.
Born and raised in Nashua, Pete's 1st sports memory was Bernie Carbo's dramatic pinch-hit 3 run home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
Scuse me while I pinch the sky: Microsoft's wild new way to move through space, virtual worlds.
"Pinch Me To Make Sure This Is Really Happening," Says Boulder Nobel Winner.
First there was the pinch hitter and now, in the American League, the designated hitter.
Or perhaps their shoes pinched just a little bit.
The tobacco deal would pinch OSHA's power to protect workers from secondhand smoke.
And while he was there the hunky Scott candidly cleared up those pesky Jennifer Aniston dating rumors and talked butt pinching .
Economy, Fewer Upgrades Pinching Oracle.
They'll save your life in a pinch.
How a pinch of this and a dash of that can make routine menu items "all that.".

In science:

The spectra of neutrinos can be modeled by pinched FermiDirac distributions.
Inverting a Supernova: Neutrino Mixing, Temperatures and Binding Energy
In section 2, we state some of the topological properties of negatively pinched 3-manifolds.
Quasiconformal Rigidity of Negatively Curved Three Manifolds
Let M = ˜M /Γ be a topological ly tame negatively pinched 3-manifold with Γ purely loxodromic.
Quasiconformal Rigidity of Negatively Curved Three Manifolds
Let h be a quasiisometry between two negatively pinched curved spaces.
Quasiconformal Rigidity of Negatively Curved Three Manifolds
Let us recall a fundamental fact about conformal density, which was originally proved by Sullivan for Γ ⊂ SO(n, 1) and generalized to the pinched negatively curved spaces in .
Quasiconformal Rigidity of Negatively Curved Three Manifolds