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pinch

 (pĭnch)
v. pinched, pinch·ing, pinch·es
v.tr.
1. To squeeze (something) between the thumb and a finger, the jaws of a tool, or other edges.
2. To cause pain or discomfort to (a part of the body) by pressing or being too tight: These shoes pinch my toes.
3. To nip, wither, or shrivel: buds that were pinched by the frost; a face that was pinched with grief.
4. To cause to be in difficulty or financial distress: "A year and a half of the blockade has pinched Germany" (William L. Shirer).
5. Slang To take (money or property) wrongfully. See Synonyms at steal.
6. Slang To take into custody; arrest.
7. To move (something) with a pinch bar.
8. Nautical To sail (a boat) so close into the wind that its sails shiver and its speed is reduced.
v.intr.
1. To press, squeeze, or bind painfully: This collar pinches.
2. To draw a thumb and a finger together on a touchscreen to cause the image to become smaller.
3. To be frugal or miserly: If we pinch, we might save some money.
4. Nautical To drag an oar at the end of a stroke.
n.
1. The act or an instance of pinching.
2. An amount that can be held between thumb and forefinger: a pinch of salt.
3. Difficulty or hardship: felt the pinch of the recession.
4. An emergency situation: This coat will do in a pinch.
5. A narrowing of a mineral deposit, as in a mine.
6. Informal A theft.
7. Slang An arrest by a law enforcement officer.
adj. Baseball
Relating to pinch-hitting or pinch runners: a pinch single; a pinch steal of third base.
Idiom:
pinch pennies Informal
To be thrifty or miserly.

[Middle English pinchen, from Old North French *pinchier, variant of Old French pincer; akin to Italian pinzare, to sting, and Spanish pinchar, to prick, sting, all derived from a Romance imitative root pints- expressive of pinching or pricking.]

pinch

(pɪntʃ)
vb
1. to press (something, esp flesh) tightly between two surfaces, esp between a finger and the thumb. See nip1
2. to confine, squeeze, or painfully press (toes, fingers, etc) because of lack of space: these shoes pinch.
3. (tr) to cause stinging pain to: the cold pinched his face.
4. (tr) to make thin or drawn-looking, as from grief, lack of food, etc
5. (usually foll by on) to provide (oneself or another person) with meagre allowances, amounts, etc
6. pinch pennies to live frugally because of meanness or to economize
7. (Nautical Terms) (tr) nautical to sail (a sailing vessel) so close to the wind that her sails begin to luff and she loses way
8. (Mining & Quarrying) (sometimes foll by: out) (of a vein of ore) to narrow or peter out
9. (Horticulture) (usually foll by: off, out, or back) to remove the tips of (buds, shoots, etc) to correct or encourage growth
10. (tr) informal to steal or take without asking
11. (Law) (tr) informal to arrest
n
12. a squeeze or sustained nip
13. (Units) the quantity of a substance, such as salt, that can be taken between a thumb and finger
14. (Units) a very small quantity
15. a critical situation; predicament; emergency: if it comes to the pinch we'll have to manage.
16. the pinch sharp, painful, or extreme stress, need, etc: feeling the pinch of poverty.
17. (Tools) See pinch bar
18. slang a robbery
19. (Law) slang a police raid or arrest
20. at a pinch if absolutely necessary
21. with a pinch of salt with a grain of salt without wholly believing; sceptically
[C16: probably from Old Norman French pinchier (unattested); related to Old French pincier to pinch; compare Late Latin punctiāre to prick]

pinch

(pɪntʃ)

v.t.
1. to squeeze or compress between the finger and thumb, the jaws of an instrument, or the like.
2. to constrict or squeeze painfully, as a tight shoe does.
3. to render unnaturally constricted or drawn: a face pinched with fear.
4. to remove or shorten (buds or shoots) in order to produce a certain plant shape or to encourage growth.
5. to affect with sharp discomfort or distress, as cold, hunger, or need does.
6. to straiten in means or circumstances: a family pinched by the recession.
7. to hamper or inconvenience by the lack of something specified.
8. to stint the supply or amount of (a thing).
9. Slang.
a. to steal.
b. to arrest.
10. to sail (a ship) so close to the wind that the sails shake and the speed is reduced.
v.i.
11. to exert a sharp or painful constricting force: shoes that pinch.
12. to cause sharp discomfort or distress.
13. to economize unduly; stint oneself: pinched and saved to buy a new car.
14. (of a vein of ore or the like) to diminish.
n.
15. the act of pinching; nip; squeeze.
16. as much of something as can be taken up between the finger and thumb.
17. a very small quantity.
18. sharp or painful stress, as of hunger, need, or any trying circumstances.
19. a situation or time of special stress, esp. an emergency.
20. Slang.
a. a raid or an arrest.
b. a theft.
Idioms:
pinch pennies, to stint on or be frugal with expenditures.
[1250–1300; < Anglo-French *pinchier (Old French pincier, Sp pinchar) < Vulgar Latin *pīnctiāre, variant of *pūnctiāre to prick (compare pique1)]

Pinch

 a very small quantity.
Examples: pinch of pleasure, 1583; of salt; of snuff, 1712; of fresh tea, 1840.

pinch


Past participle: pinched
Gerund: pinching

Imperative
pinch
pinch
Present
I pinch
you pinch
he/she/it pinches
we pinch
you pinch
they pinch
Preterite
I pinched
you pinched
he/she/it pinched
we pinched
you pinched
they pinched
Present Continuous
I am pinching
you are pinching
he/she/it is pinching
we are pinching
you are pinching
they are pinching
Present Perfect
I have pinched
you have pinched
he/she/it has pinched
we have pinched
you have pinched
they have pinched
Past Continuous
I was pinching
you were pinching
he/she/it was pinching
we were pinching
you were pinching
they were pinching
Past Perfect
I had pinched
you had pinched
he/she/it had pinched
we had pinched
you had pinched
they had pinched
Future
I will pinch
you will pinch
he/she/it will pinch
we will pinch
you will pinch
they will pinch
Future Perfect
I will have pinched
you will have pinched
he/she/it will have pinched
we will have pinched
you will have pinched
they will have pinched
Future Continuous
I will be pinching
you will be pinching
he/she/it will be pinching
we will be pinching
you will be pinching
they will be pinching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pinching
you have been pinching
he/she/it has been pinching
we have been pinching
you have been pinching
they have been pinching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pinching
you will have been pinching
he/she/it will have been pinching
we will have been pinching
you will have been pinching
they will have been pinching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pinching
you had been pinching
he/she/it had been pinching
we had been pinching
you had been pinching
they had been pinching
Conditional
I would pinch
you would pinch
he/she/it would pinch
we would pinch
you would pinch
they would pinch
Past Conditional
I would have pinched
you would have pinched
he/she/it would have pinched
we would have pinched
you would have pinched
they would have pinched
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pinch - a painful or straitened circumstancepinch - a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the recession"
difficulty - a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"
2.pinch - an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
harm, hurt, injury, trauma - any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
3.pinch - a slight but appreciable amountpinch - a slight but appreciable amount; "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
snuff - a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time
4.pinch - a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate actionpinch - a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an emergency"
crisis - a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something; "after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better"
5.pinch - a small sharp bite or snippinch - a small sharp bite or snip    
snip, clipping, clip - the act of clipping or snipping
chomp, bite - the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
6.pinch - a squeeze with the fingerspinch - a squeeze with the fingers    
squeeze, squeezing - the act of gripping and pressing firmly; "he gave her cheek a playful squeeze"
7.pinch - the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)pinch - the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
capture, gaining control, seizure - the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
Verb1.pinch - squeeze tightly between the fingerspinch - squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"
grip - hold fast or firmly; "He gripped the steering wheel"
goose - pinch in the buttocks; "he goosed the unsuspecting girl"
tweak - pinch or squeeze sharply
2.pinch - make ridges into by pinching together
fold, fold up, turn up - bend or lay so that one part covers the other; "fold up the newspaper"; "turn up your collar"
flute - form flutes in
3.pinch - make off with belongings of otherspinch - make off with belongings of others  
steal - take without the owner's consent; "Someone stole my wallet on the train"; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"
4.pinch - cut the top offpinch - cut the top off; "top trees and bushes"
prune, snip, lop, cut back, clip, crop, trim, dress - cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; "dress the plants in the garden"
tail - remove the stalk of fruits or berries
5.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"
irritate - excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus; "irritate the glands of a leaf"

pinch

verb
1. nip, press, squeeze, grasp, compress, tweak She pinched his arm as hard as she could.
2. hurt, crush, squeeze, pain, confine, cramp, chafe shoes which pinch our toes
3. (Brit. informal) steal, rob, snatch, lift (informal), nick (slang, chiefly Brit.), trouser (slang), swipe (slang), knock off (slang), blag (slang), pilfer, snitch (slang), purloin, filch, snaffle (Brit. informal) pickpockets who pinched his wallet

noun
1. nip, squeeze, tweak She gave him a little pinch.
2. dash, bit, taste, mite, jot, speck, small quantity, smidgen (informal), soupçon (French) a pinch of salt
3. emergency, crisis, difficulty, plight, scrape (informal), strait, uphill (S. African), predicament, extremity, hardship I'd trust her in a pinch.
at a pinch if necessary, with difficulty, if need(s) be, just possibly, in a pinch (U.S. & Canad.), at a push (Brit. informal) This recipe serves two, or three at a pinch.
feel the pinch suffer hardship, be poor, be impoverished, be short of money, have less money, suffer poverty The first few months of paying a mortgage is the period when most people feel the pinch.

pinch

verb
1. To be severely sparing in order to economize:
Idioms: pinch pennies, tighten (one's) belt.
2. Slang. To take (another's property) without permission:
Informal: lift, swipe.
3. Slang. To take into custody as a prisoner:
Informal: nab, pick up.
Slang: bust, collar, run in.
noun
Slang. A seizing and holding by law:
Slang: bust, collar, pickup.
Translations
قَرْصَه بإصْبَعَيْنمِقْدار صَغير، قَبْضَهيُؤْلِم، يوجِعيَسْرق، يَخْتَلِسيَقْرُص بَين الأبْهام والسَّبّابَه
štípnouttlačitšpetkaštípanec
klemmeniveanelsehuggeklem
nipistää
uštipnuti
csipetmegcsípés
klípaklípa, klípingkreppa aîstela
つねる
...을 꼬집다
suvargęssužnybtisužvarbęsturėti susiveržti diržąŽiupsnelis
iekniebtkniebienskniebtnočieptnozagt
uštipnúť
priščipnitiščepecuščipuščipniti
nypa
หยิก
cấu

pinch

[pɪntʃ]
A. N
1. (with fingers) → pellizco m
to give sb a pinch on the armdar a algn un pellizco en el brazo, pellizcar el brazo a algn
2. (= small quantity) → pizca f
a pinch of saltuna pizca de sal
a pinch of snuffun polvo de rapé
to take sth with a pinch of salttomarse algo con reservas, no creerse algo a pies juntillas
3. (fig) → apuro m
at a pinchen caso de apuro or necesidad
if it comes to the pinchen un caso extremo
to feel the pinch(empezar a) pasar apuros or estrecheces
to feel the pinch of povertysaber lo que significa ser pobre
B. VT
1. (with fingers) → pellizcar; [shoe] → apretar
to pinch one's finger in the doorpillarse el dedo en la puerta
to pinch off or out or back a budarrancar un brote con los dedos
2. (= steal) → robar, birlar, guindar (Sp)
I had my pen pinchedme robaron la pluma, me birlaron la pluma
he pinched that idea from Shawesa idea la robó de Shaw
he pinched Mike's girlle pisó or levantó la novia a Mike
3. (= arrest) → pescar, coger, agarrar (LAm)
he got pinched for a parking offencelo pescaron en una infracción de aparcamiento, le metieron un paquete por aparcamiento indebido
C. VI [shoe] → apretar
to pinch and scrapeprivarse de lo necesario
they pinched and scraped to send her to collegese privaron de muchas cosas para poder enviarla a la universidad

pinch

[ˈpɪntʃ]
n
(with fingers)pincement m
to give sb a pinch → pincer qn
at a pinch (British) (= if absolutely necessary) → à la rigueur
in a pinch (US) (= if absolutely necessary) → à la rigueur
to be in a pinch (= in a difficult situation) → être dans le pétrin
to be feeling the pinch (= suffer financially) [company] → souffrir financièrement
[salt, spice] → pincée f
vt
(with fingers)pincer
He pinched me! → Il m'a pincé!
to pinch sb's arm → pincer le bras de qn
to pinch o.s. (fig)se pincer
I kept pinching myself to prove that it wasn't all a dream → Je n'arrêtais pas de me pincer pour être sûr que tout cela n'était pas un rêve.
[shoes] → serrer
(= steal) → piquer
Who's pinched my pen? → Qui est-ce qui m'a piqué mon stylo?
vi
[shoe] → serrer
pinch off
vt sep [+ buds, flowers] → supprimer, épincer
pinch out
vt sep [+ buds, tips] → supprimer, épincer

pinch

n
(with fingers) → Kneifen nt no pl, → Zwicken nt no pl; to give somebody a pinch on the armjdn in den Arm kneifen or zwicken
(= small quantity)Quäntchen nt; (Cook) → Prise f; a pinch of snuffeine Prise Schnupftabak
(= pressure) to feel the pinchdie schlechte Lage zu spüren bekommen; I’m feeling the pinch a bit at the momentich bin im Augenblick ziemlich knapp bei Kasse (inf); if it comes to the pinchwenn es zum Schlimmsten or Äußersten kommt; at (Brit) or in (US) a pinchzur Not
vt
(with fingers) → kneifen, zwicken; (with implement: = squeeze) end of wire etczusammendrücken, zusammenklemmen; (shoe) → drücken; to pinch somebody’s bottomjdn in den Hintern kneifen; to pinch oneselfsich kneifen; to pinch one’s finger in the doorsich (dat)den Finger in der Tür (ein)klemmen
(Brit inf: = steal) → klauen, stibitzen, mopsen (all inf); don’t let anyone pinch my seatpass auf, dass mir niemand den Platz wegnimmt; he pinched Johnny’s girlfriender hat Johnny (dat)die Freundin ausgespannt (inf); he pinched that idea from Shawdie Idee hat er bei Shaw geklaut (inf); I had my car pinchedmein Auto ist geklaut worden (inf)
(inf, = arrest) → schnappen (inf), → erwischen
vi
(shoe, also fig) → drücken
to pinch and scrapesich einschränken

pinch

[pɪntʃ]
1. n
a. (with fingers) → pizzicotto, pizzico
to feel the pinch (fig) → trovarsi nelle ristrettezze
at a pinch (fig) → se è proprio necessario
if it comes to the pinch → se le cose si mettono male
b. (small quantity) → pizzico, presa
to take sth with a pinch of salt (fig) → prendere qc con un grano di sale
2. vt
a. (with fingers) → pizzicare
my shoes are pinching me → le scarpe mi vanno strette
b. (fam) (steal) → fregare, grattare; (idea) → rubare
c. (fam) (arrest) → pizzicare
3. vi (shoe) → essere (troppo) stretto/a, stringere
to pinch and scrape → fare economia (su tutto)

pinch

(pintʃ) verb
1. to squeeze or press tightly (flesh), especially between the thumb and forefinger. He pinched her arm.
2. to hurt by being too small or tight. My new shoes are pinching (me).
3. to steal. Who pinched my bicycle?
noun
1. an act of pinching; a squeeze or nip. He gave her a pinch on the cheek.
2. a very small amount; what can be held between the thumb and forefinger. a pinch of salt.
pinched adjective
(of a person's face) looking cold, pale or thin because of cold, poverty etc. Her face was pinched with cold.
feel the pinch
to be in difficulty because of lack of money.

pinch

يَقْرِصّ štípnout klemme kneifen τσιμπώ pellizcar nipistää pincer uštipnuti pizzicare つねる ...을 꼬집다 knijpen klype uszczypnąć beliscar зажимать nypa หยิก çimdiklemek cấu

pinch

n. pellizco;
v. pellizcar; comprimir, apretar.

pinch

vt, vi (to bind) apretar; (a nerve) comprimir, atrapar