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Definition of pinch:

  1. A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or with an instrument; a nip.
  2. A lever having a projection at one end, acting as a fulcrum, - used chiefly to roll heavy wheels, etc. Called also pinch bar.
  3. As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff.
  4. Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money.
  5. o seize; to grip; to bite; - said of animals.
  6. Pian; pang.
  7. To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches.
  8. To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch. See Pinch, n., 4.
  9. To plait.
  10. To press hard or squeeze between the ends of the fingers, between teeth or claws, or between the jaws of an instrument; to squeeze or compress, as between any two hard bodies.
  11. To seize by way of theft; to steal; also, to catch; to arrest.
  12. To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous.
  13. To take hold; to grip, as a dog does.


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