- 1594, Thomas Nash, The Vnfortunate Traveller, or The Life Of Jack Wilton:
- A companie of coystrell clarkes (who were in band with sathan, and not of anie souldiers collar nor his hatband) pincht a number of good mindes to Godward of theyr prouant.
- 1594, Richard Barnfield, The Affectionate Shepherd:
- Or if one stray to feede far from the rest, He shall be pincht by his swift pye-bald curre; If any by his fellowes be opprest, The wronger, (for he doth all wrong abhorre), Shall be well bangd so long as he can sturre, Because he did anoy his harmeles brother, That meant not harme to him nor any other.
- 1689, Bartolome de las Casas, A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies:
- When the Spaniards left this Kingdom, one of them invited the Son of some Indian Governour of a City or Province, to go along with him, who told him he would not leave or desert his Native Countrey, whereupon he threatned to cut off his ears, if he refus'd to follow him: But the Youth persisting resolutely, that he would continue in the place of his Nativity, he drawing his Sword cut off each Ear, notwithstanding which he persever'd in his first opinion, and then as if he had only pincht him, smilingly cut off his Nose and Lips.