- The definition of a pinch is a substitute hitter or runner in baseball.
An example of pinch used as an adjective is in the phrase "pinch runner," which means one player who is running for another one.
- Pinch is defined as a squeeze, or a difficulty, or a tiny amount of something.
- An example of a pinch is to use your thumb and index finger to squeeze the cheek of a small child.
- An example of a pinch is a situation where a tough decision is required; to decide to do something in a pinch.
- An example of a pinch is a tiny bit of salt in soup.
- Pinch means to squeeze between two surfaces, such as the thumb and a finger, or to pluck off the end of a plant, or to be frugal with money, or is slang for stealing.
- An example of pinch is for a child to squeeze his brother's arm between his index finger and thumb.
- An example of pinch is to pluck off a dead flower off a plant.
- An example of pinch is to save every penny and spend nothing.
- An example of pinch is to shoplift.
pinch definition by Webster's New World
- to squeeze between a finger and the thumb or between two surfaces, edges, etc.
- to nip off the end of (a plant shoot), as for controlling bud development
- to press painfully upon (some part of the body)
- to cause distress or discomfort to
- to cause to become thin, cramped, etc., as by hunger, pain, cold, etc.
- to restrict closely; straiten; stint: usually in the passive voice
- to steal
- to arrest
- Naut. to sail (a vessel) too close to the wind when closehauled
Origin: Middle English pinchen ; from Norman French an unverified form pincher ; from Old French pincier ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pinctiare ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps punctiare, to prick (see puncheon), influenced, influence by an unverified form piccare: see picador
- to squeeze painfully
- to be stingy or niggardly
- to be frugal with expenses; economize
- ☆ Mining to become narrower; hence, to give (out): said of a vein of ore
- a pinching; squeeze or nip
- the quantity that may be grasped between the finger and thumb
- a small amount
- distress; hardship; difficulty
- an emergency; urgent situation or time: now usually in the phrase
- a theft
- an arrest or police raid
Origin: < pinch
- pincher noun
pinch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb pinched, pinch·ing, pinch·es verb, transitive
- To squeeze between the thumb and a finger, the jaws of a tool, or other edges.
- To squeeze or bind (a part of the body) in a way that causes discomfort or pain: These shoes pinch my toes.
- To nip, wither, or shrivel: buds that were pinched by the frost; a face that was pinched with grief.
- To straiten: “A year and a half of the blockade has pinched Germany” (William L. Shirer).
- Slang To take (money or property) unlawfully. See Synonyms at steal.
- Slang To take into custody; arrest.
- To move (something) with a pinch bar.
- Nautical To sail (a boat) so close into the wind that its sails shiver and its speed is reduced.
- To press, squeeze, or bind painfully: This collar pinches.
- To be miserly.
- Nautical To drag an oar at the end of a stroke.
- The act or an instance of pinching.
- An amount that can be held between thumb and forefinger: a pinch of salt.
- A painful, difficult, or straitened circumstance: felt the pinch of the recession.
- An emergency situation: This coat will do in a pinch.
- A narrowing of a mineral deposit, as in a mine.
- Informal A theft.
- Slang An arrest by a law enforcement officer.
Origin: Middle English pinchen, from Old North French *pinchier, variant of Old French pincier, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *pīnctiāre.
pinch - Phrases/Idioms