pinch /ˈpɪnʧ/ 及物動詞
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).
Pinch, v. i.
1. To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches.
2. Hunt. To take hold; to grip, as a dog does. [Obs.]
3. To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous.
The wretch whom avarice bids to pinch and spare. --Franklin.
To pinch at, to find fault with; to take exception to. [Obs.]
1. A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or with an instrument; a nip.
2. As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff.
3. Pian; pang. “Necessary's sharp pinch.”
4. 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 an emergency; as, he could on a pinch read a little Latin.
n 1: a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the
2: an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
3: a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a
touch of garlic" [syn: touch, hint, tinge, mite, jot,
4: a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that
requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an
emergency" [syn: emergency, exigency]
5: small sharp biting [syn: nip]
6: a squeeze with the fingers [syn: tweak]
7: the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a
criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the
collar" [syn: apprehension, arrest, catch, collar,
taking into custody]
v 1: squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her
behind"; "She squeezed the bottle" [syn: squeeze, twinge,
tweet, nip, twitch]
2: make ridges into by pinching together [syn: crimp]
3: make off with belongings of others [syn: pilfer, cabbage,
purloin, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak,
filch, nobble, lift]
4: cut the top off; "top trees and bushes" [syn: top]
5: 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" [syn: vellicate]