Pinch - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pɪntʃ|  American pronunciation of the word pinch
Brit.  |pɪn(t)ʃ|  British pronunciation of the word pinch


- a painful or straitened circumstance
the pinch of the recession
- an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
- a slight but appreciable amount (syn: hint, jot, mite, speck, tinge, touch)
- a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action (syn: emergency, exigency)
- a small sharp bite or snip (syn: nip)
- a squeeze with the fingers (syn: tweak)
- the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) (syn: apprehension, arrest, catch, collar)


- squeeze tightly between the fingers (syn: nip, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitch)
He pinched her behind
- make ridges into by pinching together (syn: crimp)
- make off with belongings of others (syn: abstract, cabbage, filch, hook, lift, nobble, pilfer, purloin, sneak, swipe)
- cut the top off (syn: top)
- irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear
the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back

Extra examples

My little brother is always trying to pinch me.

He pinched her cheeks and told her how cute she was.

Pinch together the edges of the dough.

He pinched the top of his nose to stop the bleeding and leaned forward.

He pinched off the top of the shoots.

She pinched back the new growth.

These new shoes are pinching my toes.

I pinched my fingers in the door.

By pinching and scraping, she managed to save enough money to buy a new car.

...the pinch of my favorite sweater really bugged me!... innocent person caught up in a city-wide pinch of drug dealers...

A pinch homer won the game.

The cops pinched him right in the cemetery.

If you regularly pinch back the dead flower heads, new ones will grow.

We have to stop her pinching her baby brother.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: pinch
he/she/it: pinches
present participle: pinching
past tense: pinched
past participle: pinched
singular: pinch
plural: pinches
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