On a pinch
Pinch Pinch, n. 1. A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or with an instrument; a nip. [1913 Webster]

2. As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff. [1913 Webster]

3. Pian; pang. ``Necessary's sharp pinch.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A lever having a projection at one end, acting as a fulcrum, -- used chiefly to roll heavy wheels, etc. Called also {pinch bar}. [1913 Webster]

{At a pinch}, {On a pinch}, in an emergency; as, he could on a pinch read a little Latin. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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