Associations to the word «Pinch»


PINCH, verb. To squeeze a small amount of a person's skin and flesh, making it hurt.
PINCH, verb. To squeeze between the thumb and forefinger.
PINCH, verb. To squeeze between two objects.
PINCH, verb. To steal, usually of something almost trivial or inconsequential.
PINCH, verb. (slang) To arrest or capture.
PINCH, verb. (horticulture) To cut shoots or buds of a plant in order to shape the plant, or to improve its yield.
PINCH, verb. (nautical) To sail so close-hauled that the sails begin to flutter.
PINCH, verb. (hunting) To take hold; to grip, as a dog does.
PINCH, verb. (obsolete) To be niggardly or covetous.
PINCH, verb. To seize; to grip; to bite; said of animals.
PINCH, verb. (figurative) To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve.
PINCH, verb. To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch.
PINCH, verb. (obsolete) To complain or find fault.
PINCH, noun. The action of squeezing a small amount of a person's skin and flesh, making it hurt.
PINCH, noun. A small amount of powder or granules, such that the amount could be held between fingertip and thumb tip.
PINCH, noun. An awkward situation of some kind (especially money or social) which is difficult to escape.
PINCH, noun. An organic herbal smoke additive.
PINCH A LOAF, verb. (slang) to defecate
PINCH AT, verb. (obsolete) To find fault with; to take exception to.
PINCH CAKE, noun. (US) any of various quickly-made Texan desserts made from unbaked "Pillsbury" biscuit dough, with butter (or margarine), sugar, cinnamon or other flavorings, baked in the oven
PINCH EFFECT, noun. (physics) the magnetic self-attraction of parallel electric currents having the same direction; the restriction of a flowing plasma because of this attraction
PINCH HIT, noun. (baseball) A hit made by a pinch hitter.
PINCH HITS, noun. Plural of pinch hit
PINCH HITS, verb. Alternative spelling of pinch-hits
PINCH HITTER, noun. (baseball) A substitute batter; one who pinch-hits.
PINCH HITTER, noun. (cricket) An aggressive batsman brought on to score runs quickly, even at the risk of losing his wicket.
PINCH HITTER, noun. (colloquial) An individual who substitutes for another to perform one or more tasks.
PINCH HITTERS, noun. Plural of pinch hitter
PINCH OF SALT, noun. A small amount of salt.
PINCH OF SALT, noun. (figuratively) Caution, doubt, consideration.
PINCH OF THE GAME, noun. (archaic) The moment of determination or the most crucial point (of something).
PINCH ONE OFF, verb. (idiomatic) to defecate
PINCH PENNIES, verb. To severely economize.
PINCH POINT, noun. (engineering) A point in between moving and stationary parts of a machine where an individual's body part may become caught, leading to injury
PINCH POINT, noun. (economics) The level of inventories of a commodity or product below which consumers become concerned about security of supply
PINCH POINT, noun. (mathematics) Cuspidal point, a type of singular point on an algebraic surface
PINCH POINT, noun. A kerb extension, a traffic calming measure consisting of an angled narrowing of the roadway
PINCH POINT, noun. A bottleneck, part of a process that is too slow and causes a delay
PINCH POT, noun. A ceramic pot created by pinching the clay into the desired shape.
PINCH POTS, noun. Plural of pinch pot
PINCH RUNNER, noun. (baseball) A substitute runner, usually brought in to replace a slow runner to increase the chance of that runner scoring.

Dictionary definition

PINCH, noun. A painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the recession".
PINCH, noun. An injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed.
PINCH, noun. A slight but appreciable amount; "this dish could use a touch of garlic".
PINCH, noun. A sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an emergency".
PINCH, noun. A small sharp bite or snip.
PINCH, noun. A squeeze with the fingers.
PINCH, noun. The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar".
PINCH, verb. Squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle".
PINCH, verb. Make ridges into by pinching together.
PINCH, verb. Make off with belongings of others.
PINCH, verb. Cut the top off; "top trees and bushes".
PINCH, verb. 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".

Wise words

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