Chiefly Southern &amp; Midland U.S. See bedbug.(noun)
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Use "chinch" in a sentence
"And if he should get to be master of a Virginia ship which will be very difficult to do a planter that has three or four hundred acres of land and three or four slaves, if he be industrious, may live more comfortably, and leave his family in better Bread, than such a master of a ship can . . .. beforehand, let him begin to chinch, that is buy goods for tobacco and sell. . ."
"To stop a boat leaking you "chinch" the seams with oakum."
"She followed, no doubt thinking she was about to get "chinch" and stood over me, her hands by her side."