verb (used with object)
- to steal.
- to arrest.
verb (used without object)
- to diminish.
- to diminish to nothing (sometimes followed by out).
- pincer movement,
- pincer nail,
- pincers movement,
- pinch bar,
- pinch effect,
- pinch graft,
- pinch hit,
- pinch hitter
Origin of pinch
Examples from the Web for pinch
Pinch it with your fingers until it makes large crumbles and distribute it on the berries (it will not cover them entirely).The Barefoot Contessa Knows How To Make Us Crumble|Ina Garten|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“As much as I want to complain, I have to pinch myself that this is happening,” she said.Dumps and Death Threats, Hecklers and Vindication: True Tales from Today’s DIY Book Tour|Bill Morris|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Picture a slightly younger Alice with a pinch more physical humor in an office.
A pinch hitter named Pickle Smith was announced for Jacksonville.The Great Paul Hemphill Celebrates the Long Gone Birmingham Barons|Paul Hemphill|March 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And what better way to rally the troops (and they're all troops, in a pinch) than by pointing out the enormity of the enemy?
Madam Wetherill was very generous with her outfit, though she began to feel the pinch of straitened means.A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia|Amanda Minnie Douglas
People that you and I will never know, will know of this, and it will help them--when their pinch comes.V. V.'s Eyes|Henry Sydnor Harrison
The Seigneur took a pinch of snuff, and the Cure, whose mind was benevolent, listened with the gravest interest.The Right of Way, Complete|Gilbert Parker
He had taken a leaf of the raw tobacco and adding a pinch for filler was trying to twist the spill.Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
But I tell thee again, thy father shall not portion an idler like thyself and pinch his trade.
Word Origin for pinch
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."
In addition to the idioms beginning with pinch
- pinch hitter
- pinch pennies
- feel the pinch
- in a pinch
- with a grain (pinch) of salt