Pinching
Pinch Pinch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pinched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pinching}.] [F. pincer, probably fr. OD. pitsen to pinch; akin to G. pfetzen to cut, pinch; perhaps of Celtic origin. Cf. {Piece}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. to seize; to grip; to bite; -- said of animals. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He [the hound] pinched and pulled her down. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

3. To plait. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Full seemly her wimple ipinched was. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

4. Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money. [1913 Webster]

Want of room . . . pinching a whole nation. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

5. To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch. See {Pinch}, n., 4. [1913 Webster]

6. To seize by way of theft; to steal; to lift. [Slang] --Robert Barr. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

7. to catch; to arrest (a criminal). [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pinching — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Ungenerously or pettily reluctant to spend money: cheap, close, close fisted, costive, hard fisted, mean2, miserly, niggard, niggardly, parsimonious, penny pinching, penurious, petty, stingy, tight, tightfisted.… …   English dictionary for students

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  • pinching — pɪntʃ n. act of squeezing between a finger and thumb, tweak; ache, pain; little bit, small amount v. squeeze between a finger and thumb; compress; economize; steal, filch …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pinching — pinch·ing …   English syllables

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  • Pinching bar — Pinching Pinch ing, a. Compressing; nipping; griping; niggardly; as, pinching cold; a pinching parsimony. [1913 Webster] {Pinching bar}, a pinch bar. See {Pinch}, n., 4. {Pinching nut}, a check nut. See under {Check}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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