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pinch

 
Noun pinch has 7 senses
  1. pinch - a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the recession"
    --1 is a kind of
    difficulty
  2. pinch - an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
    --2 is a kind of
    injury, hurt, harm, trauma
  3. touch, hint, tinge, mite, pinch, jot, speck, soupcon - a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
    --3 is a kind of small indefinite quantity, small indefinite amount
    --3 has particulars: snuff
  4. emergency, exigency, pinch - a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an emergency"
    --4 is a kind of crisis
  5. nip, pinch - small sharp biting
    --5 is a kind of bite, chomp
    Derived form: verb pinch5
  6. pinch, tweak - a squeeze with the fingers
    --6 is a kind of squeeze, squeezing
    Derived forms: verb pinch5, verb pinch2, verb pinch1
  7. apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody - the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
    --7 is a kind of capture, gaining control, seizure
Verb pinch has 5 senses
  1. pinch, squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch - squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"
    --1 is one way to grip
    Derived form: noun pinch6
    Sample sentence:
    They pinch the trees
  2. crimp, pinch - make ridges into by pinching together
    --2 is one way to fold, fold up, turn up
    Derived form: noun pinch6
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  3. pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift - make off with belongings of others
    --3 is one way to steal
    Sample sentence:
    They pinch the money
  4. top, pinch - cut the top off; "top trees and bushes"
    --4 is one way to snip, clip, crop, trim, lop, dress, prune, cut back
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  5. pinch, vellicate - irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear; "smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth"; "the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back"
    --5 is one way to irritate
    Derived forms: noun pinch6, noun pinch5
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Something ----s something
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