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Definition of "pinch" []

  • To squeeze between the thumb and a finger, the jaws of a tool, or other edges. (verb-transitive)
  • To squeeze or bind (a part of the body) in a way that causes discomfort or pain: These shoes pinch my toes. (verb-transitive)
  • To nip, wither, or shrivel: buds that were pinched by the frost; a face that was pinched with grief. (verb-transitive)
  • To straiten: "A year and a half of the blockade has pinched Germany” ( William L. Shirer). (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To take (money or property) unlawfully. See Synonyms at steal. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pinch" in a sentence
  • "Then use the winless (ph) mechanism over the pinch plate to keep you from having what we call a pinch pain."
  • "ROSE: Flip, pull out the slack, and then use the winless mechanism over the pinch plate to keep you from having what we call pinch pain."
  • "Thing is, the pressure of the pinch is still ultimately dictated by the hand on the lead ... and there's a lot of vocal/command work that comes into play as part of that whole process."