To pinch at
Pinch Pinch, v. i. 1. To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches. [1913 Webster]

2. (Hunt.) To take hold; to grip, as a dog does. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

3. To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous. --Gower. [1913 Webster]

The wretch whom avarice bids to pinch and spare. --Franklin. [1913 Webster]

{To pinch at}, to find fault with; to take exception to. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Pinch — Pinch, v. i. 1. To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches. [1913 Webster] 2. (Hunt.) To take hold; to grip, as a dog does. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 3. To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous. Gower. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pinch´er — pinch «pihnch», verb, noun. –v.t. 1. to squeeze between the thumb and forefinger, with the teeth or claws, or with any instrument having two jaws or parts between which something may be grasped: »Father pinched the baby s cheek playfully.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pinch — may refer to:* Pinch (cooking), a very small amount of an ingredient, typically salt or a spice * Pinch, West VirginiaMathematics and Science* Pinch (plasma physics), the compression of a plasma filament by magnetic forces, or a device which uses …   Wikipedia

  • pinch-hit — pinch′ hit′ v. hit, hit•ting. v.i. 1) spo to substitute at bat for a teammate in baseball, often at a critical moment of a game 2) inf to substitute for someone, esp. in an emergency 3) spo to make (a hit) in pinch hitting • Etymology: 1930–35,… …   From formal English to slang

  • pinch — ► VERB 1) grip (the flesh) tightly between finger and thumb. 2) (of a shoe) hurt (a foot) by being too tight. 3) tighten (the lips or a part of the face). 4) informal, chiefly Brit. steal. 5) informal arrest. 6) live in a frugal way …   English terms dictionary

  • pinch — pinch1 [pıntʃ] v [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: From an unrecorded Old North French pinchier] 1.) [T] to press a part of someone s skin very tightly between your finger and thumb, especially so that it hurts ▪ We have to stop her pinching her baby… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pinch — [[t]pɪ̱ntʃ[/t]] pinches, pinching, pinched 1) VERB If you pinch a part of someone s body, you take a piece of their skin between your thumb and first finger and give it a short squeeze. [V n] She pinched his arm as hard as she could... [V n] We… …   English dictionary

  • pinch — 1 verb 1 (T) to press a part of someone s flesh very tightly between your finger and thumb, especially so that it hurts: Mum, he pinched me! 2 (T) informal to steal something, especially something small or not very valuable: Someone s pinched my… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pinch — I n. painful squeeze 1) to give smb. a pinch emergency (colloq.) 2) at (BE), in (esp. AE) a pinch arrest (colloq.) 3) to make a pinch II v. (colloq.) (D; tr.) ( to arrest ) to pinch for (pinched for speeding) * * * [pɪntʃ] …   Combinatory dictionary

  • at a pinch — IF NECESSARY, if need be, in an emergency, just possibly, with difficulty; N. Amer. in a pinch; Brit. informal at a push. → pinch * * * at a pinch In a case of necessity or emergency • • • Main Entry: ↑pinch * * * at a pinch informal …   Useful english dictionary

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