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pinch

[ pinch ]
/ pɪntʃ /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms about 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

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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