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  • n  a painful or straitened circumstance
    the pinch of the recession
  • n  an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
  • n  a slight but appreciable amount
  • n  a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action
  • n  a small sharp bite or snip
  • n  a squeeze with the fingers
  • n  the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
  • v  squeeze tightly between the fingers
    He pinched her behind
  • v  make ridges into by pinching together
  • v  make off with belongings of others
  • v  cut the top off
  • v  irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear
    the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back

  • After all the worry about materials shortages, it looked last week as if the businessman's worst pinch would be in manpower.
  • For it was the game's best reliever, Oakland's Dennis Eckersley, protecting a one-run lead with a runner on against the Dodgers' ailing MVP, Kirk Gibson, who volunteered to pinch .
  • As businessmen had expected, rubber last week became the first civilian item to feel the pinch of war.
News & Articles


  • Prince Harry in The Associated Press
    Harry said it was "a bit of a pinch yourself moment" to stand on the flight deck of the Intrepid, a historic aircraft carrier docked on Manhattan's West Side.
  • Mike Lowell in
    When Jacoby and Cam come back, I just don't really know what my role is,Lowell said. "With those two in the lineup, I don't know who would I hit for. When I hit, I get pinch-run for. I don't play defense."
  • David Petraeus in
    You have to pinch yourself a little to make sure that is real because that is a very significant development in this kind of operation in counterinsurgency,Petraeus said. "It's all about the local people. When all the sudden the local...

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