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.
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.
An example of pinch used as an adjective is in the phrase "pinch runner," which means one player who is running for another one.
These shoes pinch my toes.
This collar pinches.
If we pinch, we might save some money.
A pinch of salt.
Felt the pinch of the recession.
This coat will do in a pinch.
Buds that were pinched by the frost; a face that was pinched with grief.
A pinch single; a pinch steal of third base.
To be pinched for money.
- To be thrifty or miserly.
- To be very frugal or economical.
Origin of pinch
- Middle English pinchen from Old North French pinchier variant of Old French pincier perhaps from Vulgar Latin pīnctiāre
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English pinchen, from Anglo-Norman *pinchier (compare Old French pincer, pincier (“to pinch, find fault")), from Vulgar Latin *pincÄre, a nasalised variant of Vulgar Latin *piccÄre (“to pick, pierce"), from Frankish *pikkÅn, from Proto-Germanic *pikÅnÄ…, *pukanÄ… (“to pick, peck, prick, knock"), from Proto-Indo-European *beu-, *bu- (“to make a dull sound"). Cognate with Old English pÈ³can, pician (“to pick, pluck"), Old Norse pikka (“to prick, peck"), Middle Dutch and Middle Low German picken (“to pick, peck, pierce"), German pochen (“to knock, pound, thump"). More at pick.