Exuberant romance dominated the evening gowns with their rows of lush ruffles and pinched pleats.
Sure, in pinched economic times, people are spending less on health care.
In an era in which discretionary spending is pinched, most retailers would kill to have this kind of growth.
“I must have pinched a nerve in my neck,” Kim Kardashian tweeted recently.
Rising gas prices and pinched incomes means Americans continue to show interest in smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
His cheerfulness was all gone, and he looked old and pinched and ashy.
Here was the precious book-knowledge for which she had hungered and pinched so long.
Frederick Augustus, half insane with delight, pinched my arm and squeezed my leg under the table.
All at once, Theodora pinched Hubert's arm, and laid her finger on her lip.
I think it was about here that I half got up, quite determined, and Lady Scilly pinched me in several places at once.
early 13c., from Old North French *pinchier "to pinch, squeeze, nip; steal" (Old French pincier, Modern French pincer), of uncertain origin, possibly from Vulgar Latin *punctiare "to pierce," which might be a blend of Latin punctum "point" + *piccare "to pierce." Meaning "to steal" in English is from 1650s. Sense of "to be stingy" is recorded from early 14c. Related: Pinched; pinching.
late 15c., "critical juncture" (as in baseball pinch hitter, attested from 1912), from pinch (v.). This figurative sense is attested earlier than the literal sense of "act of pinching" (1590s) or that of "small quantity" (as much as can be pinched between a thumb and finger), which is from 1580s. There is a use of the noun from mid-15c. apparently meaning "fold or pleat of fabric."