- [noun] a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the recession"
- [noun] an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
- [noun] a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
Synonyms: touch, hint, tinge, mite, jot, speck, soupcon
- [noun] a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an emergency"
Synonyms: emergency, exigency
- [noun] small sharp biting
- [noun] a squeeze with the fingers
- [noun] the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
Synonyms: apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, taking into custody
- [verb] squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"
Synonyms: squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch
- [verb] make ridges into by pinching together
- [verb] make off with belongings of others
Synonyms: pilfer, cabbage, purloin, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift
- [verb] cut the top off; "top trees and bushes"
- [verb] 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"