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Definition 1: a squeeze with the fingers - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for pinch in the sense of this definition

(pinch is a kind of ...) the act of gripping and pressing firmly

"he gave her cheek a playful squeeze"

Definition 2: the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where pinch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar

Synonyms for pinch in the sense of this definition

(pinch is a kind of ...) the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

Definition 3: a small sharp bite or snip - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for pinch in the sense of this definition

(pinch is a kind of ...) the act of clipping or snipping

(pinch is a kind of ...) the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws

Definition 4: a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action - [noun denoting event]

Samples where pinch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he never knew what to do in an emergency

Synonyms for pinch in the sense of this definition

(pinch is a kind of ...) a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something

"after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better"

Definition 5: a slight but appreciable amount - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where pinch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this dish could use a touch of garlic

Synonyms for pinch in the sense of this definition

(pinch is a kind of ...) an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

(... is a kind of pinch ) a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time

Definition 6: an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed - [noun denoting state]

(pinch is a kind of ...) any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

Definition 7: a painful or straitened circumstance - [noun denoting state]

Samples where pinch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the pinch of the recession

(pinch is a kind of ...) a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome

"grappling with financial difficulties"

Definition 8: irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear - [verb of change]

Samples where pinch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth
  • the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back

Synonyms for pinch in the sense of this definition

(pinch is a kind of ...) excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus

"irritate the glands of a leaf"

Definition 9: squeeze tightly between the fingers - [verb of contact]

Samples where pinch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He pinched her behind
  • She squeezed the bottle

Synonyms for pinch in the sense of this definition

(pinch is a kind of ...) hold fast or firmly

"He gripped the steering wheel"

(... is a kind of pinch ) pinch in the buttocks

"he goosed the unsuspecting girl"

(... is a kind of pinch ) pinch or squeeze sharply

Definition 10: make ridges into by pinching together - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for pinch in the sense of this definition

(pinch is a kind of ...) bend or lay so that one part covers the other

"fold up the newspaper" "turn up your collar"

(... is a kind of pinch ) form flutes in

Definition 11: cut the top off - [verb of contact]

Samples where pinch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • top trees and bushes

Synonyms for pinch in the sense of this definition

(pinch is a kind of ...) cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

"dress the plants in the garden"

(... is a kind of pinch ) remove the stalk of fruits or berries

Definition 12: make off with belongings of others - [verb of possession]

Synonyms for pinch in the sense of this definition

(pinch is a kind of ...) take without the owner's consent

"Someone stole my wallet on the train" "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"

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