Definitions of pinch

  1. To act with pressing force; to hear hard; to be straitened.
  2. To squeeze; nip; bind; treat stingily.
  3. To seize by way of theft; to steal; also, to catch; to arrest.
  4. 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.
  5. To plait.
  6. Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money.
  7. To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch. See Pinch, n., 4.
  8. o seize; to grip; to bite; - said of animals.
  9. To squeeze or nip between two hard edges; to press on so as to hurt; oppress or distress; make thin or wan; as, to be pinched with hunger.
  10. To gripe hard: to squeeze: to squeeze the flesh so as to give pain: to nip: to distress: to gripe.
  11. To squeeze; nip; gripe.
  12. To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches.
  13. To take hold; to grip, as a dog does.
  14. To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous.
  15. To press hard; as, my shoe pinches; be mean or miserly.
  16. To act with force: to bear or press hard: to live sparingly.
  17. squeeze tightly between the fingers; " He pinched her behind"; " She squeezed the bottle"
  18. 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"
  19. cut the top off; " top trees and bushes"
  20. To press hard or squeeze; to nip; to gripe; to straiten; to oppress with want; to distress; to press; to press hard.
  21. To gripe or squeeze between the thumb and a finger; to squeeze or press between any two sharp edges or points so as to pain; to distress; to press hard or bear hard upon, as want; to act with a force to be felt; to spare; to be frugal.
  22. the act of apprehending ( especially apprehending a criminal); " the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
  23. a slight but appreciable addition; " this dish could use a touch of garlic"
  24. a painful or straitened circumstance; " the pinch of the recession"
  25. As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff.
  26. Pian; pang.
  27. A lever having a projection at one end, acting as a fulcrum, - used chiefly to roll heavy wheels, etc. Called also pinch bar.
  28. A squeeze or nip, as with the fingers and thumb; painful pressure; as, the pinch of poverty; a sudden difficulty or necessity; as, to do it at a pinch; as much as can be held between the thumb and finger; as, a pinch of salt.
  29. A close compression with the fingers: what can be taken up by the compressed fingers: a gripe: distress: oppression.
  30. A nip; squeeze.
  31. The act of pinching; painful pressure; emergency.
  32. So much as can be taken between the finger and thumb.
  33. A painful compression with the ends of the fingers; that which is taken between the fingers and thumb; a gripe; distress inflicted or suffered; straits.
  34. A sharp and painful gripe by the ends of the fingers or by pincers, & c.; the mark or pain occasioned by it; the small quantity that can be held between the thumb and forefinger; pressure; oppression; distress through want.