pinch

To pinch is to sharply squeeze or grip with your fingers. No matter how much you love your grandma, you probably don't enjoy it when she pinches your cheek and tells you how tall you've gotten.

You can pinch your little brother when he's being annoying, and you can pinch an image on a touchscreen (to make it smaller or larger) by moving your fingertips the same way. Pinch is also a noun, meaning the act of pinching or the amount of something you can hold between your finger and thumb: "Add a pinch of salt to the soup." Informally, if you pinch something from a store, you steal it.

Primary Meanings of pinch

1.
vn
squeeze tightly between the fingers
a squeeze with the fingers
2.
n
a painful or straitened circumstance
3.
n
a slight but appreciable amount
4.
v
make off with belongings of others
5.
n
the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
Full Definitions of pinch
1

v squeeze tightly between the fingers

“He pinched her behind”
Synonyms:
nip, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitch
Types:
goose
pinch in the buttocks
tweak
pinch or squeeze sharply
Type of:
grip
hold fast or firmly

v make ridges into by pinching together

Synonyms:
crimp
Types:
flute
form flutes in
Type of:
fold, fold up, turn up
bend or lay so that one part covers the other

v irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear

“the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back”
Synonyms:
vellicate
Type of:
irritate
excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus

v cut the top off

Synonyms:
top
Types:
tail
remove the stalk of fruits or berries
Type of:
clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim
cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

n a squeeze with the fingers

Synonyms:
tweak
Type of:
squeeze, squeezing
the act of gripping and pressing firmly

n an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed

Type of:
harm, hurt, injury, trauma
any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

n a small sharp bite or snip

Synonyms:
nip
Type of:
clip, clipping, snip
the act of clipping or snipping
bite, chomp
the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
2

n a painful or straitened circumstance

“the pinch of the recession”
Type of:
difficulty
a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome

n a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action

Synonyms:
emergency, exigency
Type of:
crisis
a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something
3

n a slight but appreciable amount

Synonyms:
hint, jot, mite, soupcon, speck, tinge, touch
Types:
snuff
a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
4

v make off with belongings of others

Synonyms:
abstract, cabbage, filch, hook, lift, nobble, pilfer, purloin, snarf, sneak, swipe
Type of:
steal
take without the owner's consent
5

n the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

Synonyms:
apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, taking into custody
Type of:
capture, gaining control, seizure
the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

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