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.

Definitions of pinch
  1. verb
    squeeze tightly between the fingers
    synonyms: nip, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitch
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    pinch in the buttocks
    pinch or squeeze sharply
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    hold fast or firmly
  2. verb
    make ridges into by pinching together
    synonyms: crimp
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    form flutes in
    type of:
    fold, fold up, turn up
    bend or lay so that one part covers the other
  3. verb
    irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear
    “the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back”
    synonyms: vellicate
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    type of:
    excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus
  4. verb
    cut the top off
    synonyms: top
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    remove the stalk of fruits or berries
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    clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim
    cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
  5. noun
    a squeeze with the fingers
    synonyms: tweak
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    type of:
    squeeze, squeezing
    the act of gripping and pressing firmly
  6. noun
    an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
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    harm, hurt, injury, trauma
    any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
  7. noun
    a small sharp bite or snip
    synonyms: nip
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    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
  8. noun
    a painful or straitened circumstance
    “the pinch of the recession”
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    a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
  9. noun
    a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action
    synonyms: emergency, exigency
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    a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something
  10. noun
    a slight but appreciable amount
    synonyms: hint, jot, mite, soupcon, speck, tinge, touch, trifle
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    a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time
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    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
  11. verb
    make off with belongings of others
    synonyms: abstract, cabbage, filch, hook, lift, nobble, pilfer, purloin, snarf, sneak, swipe
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    type of:
    take without the owner's consent
  12. noun
    the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
    synonyms: apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, taking into custody
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    type of:
    capture, gaining control, seizure
    the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
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