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.(verb)
Pinch is defined as a squeeze, or a difficulty, or a tiny amount of something.(noun)
The definition of a pinch is a substitute hitter or runner in baseball.(adjective)
An example of pinch used as an adjective is in the phrase "pinch runner," which means one player who is running for another one.
See pinch in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME pinchen < NormFr *pincher < OFr pincier < VL *pinctiare < ? punctiare, to prick (see puncheon), infl. by *piccare: see picador
Origin: < pinch
See pinch in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb pinched, pinch·ing, pinch·es verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English pinchen
Origin: , from Old North French *pinchier
Origin: , variant of Old French pincier
Origin: , perhaps from Vulgar Latin *pīnctiāre.
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