verb (used with object)
- to steal.
- to arrest.
verb (used without object)
- to diminish.
- to diminish to nothing (sometimes followed by out).
Origin of pinch
Related formspinch·a·ble, adjectiveun·pinched, adjective
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.
British Dictionary definitions for pinch
Word Origin for pinch
Idioms and Phrases with pinch
In addition to the idioms beginning with pinch
- pinch hitter
- pinch pennies
- feel the pinch
- in a pinch
- with a grain (pinch) of salt