pinch

[ pinch ]
/ pɪntʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

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Idioms for pinch

    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)

OTHER WORDS FROM pinch

pinch·a·ble, adjectiveun·pinched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pinch pennies

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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Idioms and Phrases with pinch pennies (1 of 2)

pinch pennies

Be thrifty or miserly, as in There's no need to pinch pennies now that you're working full-time. This term was first recorded in 1942.

Idioms and Phrases with pinch pennies (2 of 2)

pinch

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