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pinch

noun (n)

  • a painful or straitened circumstance (noun.state)
    Example:
    The pinch of the recession.
    source: wordnet30
  • an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed (noun.state)
    source: wordnet30
  • a slight but appreciable amount (noun.quantity)
    Synonym: hint, jot, mite, soupcon, speck, tinge, touch
    source: wordnet30
  • a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action (noun.event)
    Synonym: emergency, exigency
    source: wordnet30
  • a small sharp bite or snip (noun.act)
    Synonym: nip
    source: wordnet30
  • a squeeze with the fingers (noun.act)
    Synonym: tweak
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or with an instrument; a nip. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • squeeze tightly between the fingers (verb.contact)
    Synonym: nip, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitch
    Example:
    He pinched her behind.
    source: wordnet30
  • make ridges into by pinching together (verb.contact)
    Synonym: crimp
    source: wordnet30
  • make off with belongings of others (verb.possession)
    source: wordnet30
  • cut the top off (verb.contact)
    Synonym: top
    source: wordnet30
  • irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear (verb.change)
    Synonym: vellicate
    Example:
    The pain is as if sharp points pinch your back.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To seize by way of theft; to steal; also, to catch; to arrest. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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