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 pinched
Her novels typically evoke this pinched sense of an era—raw individuals in raw times.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance|Tim Teeman|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At one Broadway premiere I was sent to cover, I interviewed Elaine Stritch, who called me adorable and then pinched my butt.Elaine Stritch Pinched My Butt and Changed My Life|Kevin Fallon|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Drake sold all 187 head of cattle two years ago, pinched by regulated milk prices and the rising costs of independent farming.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches|ProPublica|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In an era in which discretionary spending is pinched, most retailers would kill to have this kind of growth.
Sure, in pinched economic times, people are spending less on health care.
"Yes, that was right," he said absently, and pinched a spray of southernwood that grew beside the door.Meadow Grass|Alice Brown
Then Mamie let Maggie squeeze; but she pinched harder than Bessie had done, and hurt it a little.Bessie at the Sea-Side|Joanna Mathews
Now we walk together for a while; now we separate, sick of seeing one another's pinched faces, but we keep within call.Rodman the Keeper|Constance Fenimore Woolson
And then you went and pinched the farm maids in their beds, and made them dream of their lovers, mischievous young toads!Furze the Cruel|John Trevena
And I am always lucky with my speculations; I shant be pinched.Paths of Judgement|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for pinched
Word Origin for pinch
Idioms and Phrases with pinched
In addition to the idioms beginning with pinch
- pinch hitter
- pinch pennies
- feel the pinch
- in a pinch
- with a grain (pinch) of salt