- to steal.
- to arrest.
- to diminish.
- to diminish to nothing (sometimes followed by out).
Idioms about pinch
Origin of pinch
OTHER WORDS FROM pinchpinch·a·ble, adjectiveun·pinched, adjective
How to use pinch in a sentence
Before the move to Fresno, players could drive from Syracuse to Washington in a pinch.Nationals have a new Class AAA affiliate in Rochester Red Wings|Jesse Dougherty|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
The Washingtons regularly rotated people back to Virginia or, in a pinch, over the border to New Jersey — a slave state — to reset their time in the capital before six months were up.George Washington’s 1795 Thanksgiving celebrated liberty. But the chef behind the feast had none.|Ramin Ganeshram|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt, and roast for 30 minutes or until golden and soft.Ease into Winter with Backcountry-Approved Comfort Food|Christina Bernstein|November 12, 2020|Outside Online
Each vendor’s particular snail broth recipe is strictly guarded, with a pinch of this or that to set each seller apart.
If you prefer spicy kick, add a pinch more cayenne or mince a seeded jalapeño and stir it into the mixture before baking.This sheet-pan cornbread dressing has even more of the crispy, crunchy bits we love|Ann Maloney|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
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
Then, he confessed he feared his incontinence, caused by an untreated pinched nerve in his back, would keep him from finding love.The Party Monster Lives For the Applause: Michael Alig’s Second Act|Caitlin Dickson|February 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In an era in which discretionary spending is pinched, most retailers would kill to have this kind of growth.
The waist, now less pinched in at the middle, looked longer without being really so.Antonio Stradivari|Horace William Petherick
As the tube is removed, it should be pinched between the fingers so as to save any fluid that may be in it.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Buchan's force, however, was continuously obtaining additions, while Bruce was getting pinched with hunger.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
"Well, I think——" commenced Jack, and then broke off short, and at the same time pinched Fred's arm.The Mystery at Putnam Hall|Arthur M. Winfield
Her face was drawn and pinched, her sweet blue eyes haggard and unnatural.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for pinch
Word Origin for pinch
Other 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