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Noun
Tight pressing
“Her friends encouraged her and Megan reached over to pinch the skin on the back of Rick's kneecap.”
Noun
An amount of an ingredient that can be held between fingers and thumb
“For the pastry, place the flour and butter in a food processor with a pinch of salt and whizz until breadcrumbs.”
Noun
An instance of theft
“… the pinch of my favorite sweater really bugged me!”
Noun
A falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number
“… this labor pinch means that there'll be long lines at the checkouts.”
Noun
Extreme stress or need
“I'd trust her in a pinch.”
Noun
“… an innocent person caught up in a city-wide pinch of drug dealers.”
Verb
Press tightly
“There's no point in buying shoes that will pinch your toes and cramp your feet all day long.”
Verb
Live in a frugal way
“It's said that Chicago Bears founder George Halas pinched pennies so tightly that his thumbprint looked like the profile of Abraham Lincoln.”
Verb
Steal or take without permission
“The thieves didn't pinch the tapes of the show, for some reason, which suggests they were pretty discerning.”
Verb
Arrest
“He wanted the police to portray themselves as the rabbit, but a day later, he's pinched.”
Verb
To squeeze tightly between two surfaces, edges, or points
“If you can see it biting you, you simply pinch the skin on either side of its proboscus, which means it can't extract it and fly away.”
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