pinch

[ pinch ]
/ pɪntʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

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 forms

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


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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