pinch

[ pinch ]
/ pɪntʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. pincement,
  2. pincer movement,
  3. pincer nail,
  4. pincers,
  5. pincers movement,
  6. pinch bar,
  7. pinch effect,
  8. pinch graft,
  9. pinch hit,
  10. pinch hitter

Idioms

    pinch pennies, to stint on or be frugal or economical with expenditures; economize: I'll have to pinch pennies if I'm going to get through school.
    with a pinch of salt. salt1(def 24).Also with a grain of salt.

Origin of pinch

1250–1300; Middle English pinchen < Anglo-French *pinchier (equivalent to Old French pincier, Spanish pinchar) < Vulgar Latin *pīnctiāre, variant of *pūnctiāre to prick (cf. pique1)

Related formspinch·a·ble, adjectiveun·pinched, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pinch

pinch

/ (pɪntʃ) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for pinch

C16: probably from Old Norman French pinchier (unattested); related to Old French pincier to pinch; compare Late Latin punctiāre to prick

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Word Origin and History for pinch
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Idioms and Phrases with pinch

pinch

In addition to the idioms beginning with pinch

  • pinch hitter
  • pinch pennies

also see:

  • feel the pinch
  • in a pinch
  • with a grain (pinch) of salt
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