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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pinch v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pinched p. pr. & vb. n. Pinching.]
 1. 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.
 2. to seize; to grip; to bite; -- said of animals. [Obs.]
    He [the hound] pinched and pulled her down.   --Chapman.
 3. To plait. [Obs.]
    Full seemly her wimple ipinched was.   --Chaucer.
 4. Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money.
    Want of room . . . pinching a whole nation.   --Sir W. Raleigh.
 5. To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch. See Pinch, n., 4.
 6. To seize by way of theft; to steal; to lift. [Slang]
 7. to catch; to arrest (a criminal).

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pinch·ing, a. Compressing; nipping; griping; niggardly; as, pinching cold; a pinching parsimony.
 Pinching bar, a pinch bar. See Pinch, n., 4.
 Pinching nut, a check nut. See under Check, n.