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vb. 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. To seize; to grip; to bite; - said of animals. To plait. Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money. To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch. See Pinch, n.


 - vb. To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches. (Hunt.) To take hold; to grip, as a dog does. To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous. To pinch at, to find fault with; to take exception to.


 - n. A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or with an instrument; a nip. As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff. A lever having a projection at one end, acting as a fulcrum, - used chiefly to roll heavy wheels, etc. Called also pinch bar. At a pinch, on a pinch, in ...

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