Pinch

Definition of Pinch

v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Pinched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pinching.]
2.to seize; to grip; to bite; - said of animals.
He [the hound] pinched and pulled her down.
- Chapman.
3.To plait.
Full seemly her wimple ipinched was.
- Chaucer.
4.Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money.
Want of room . . . pinching a whole nation.
- Sir W. Raleigh.
5.To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch. See Pinch, n., 4.
6.To seize by way of theft; to steal; to lift.
7.to catch; to arrest (a criminal).
v. i.1.To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches.
2.(Hunt.) To take hold; to grip, as a dog does.
3.To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous.
The wretch whom avarice bids to pinch and spare.
- Franklin.
To pinch at
to find fault with; to take exception to.
- Chaucer.
n.1.A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or with an instrument; a nip.
2.As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff.
3.Pian; pang.
4.A lever having a projection at one end, acting as a fulcrum, - used chiefly to roll heavy wheels, etc. Called also pinch bar.
At a pinch
in an emergency; as, he could on a pinch read a little Latin.

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