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1pinch/ˈpɪntʃ/verb
pinchespinchedpinching
1pinch
/ˈpɪntʃ/
verb
pinchespinchedpinching
Learner's definition of PINCH  
[+ object] 
: to squeeze (someone's skin) between your thumb and finger often in a painful way— often used figuratively
   b : to squeeze or press (something) together with your thumb and finger
   c : to remove (part of a plant) by squeezing with your thumb and finger
: to press against or squeeze (a part of the body) in a painful way
[+ object]
[no object]
[no object] : to be very careful about spending money: to spend as little money as possible
— see also pinch pennies (below)
[+ object]chiefly British, informal : to steal (something)
[+ object]informal + old-fashioned : to arrest (someone)— often + for
chiefly US, informal [+ object] 
: to cause financial problems for (someone or something)
   b : to reduce or limit (something) in a way that causes problems

pinch pennies

informal
: to be very careful about spending money: to spend as little money as possible
2pinch/ˈpɪntʃ/noun
pluralpinches
2pinch
/ˈpɪntʃ/
noun
pluralpinches
Learner's definition of PINCH  
[count]
: the act of pinching someone or something— usually singular
: the amount of something that can be held between your finger and thumb— often + of

feel the pinch

: to experience the problems caused by not having enough money or by paying higher costs

in a pinch

(US)or Britishat a pinch
: in a bad situation when help is needed

take (something) with a pinch of salt

— see 1salt
3pinch/ˈpɪntʃ/adjective
3pinch
/ˈpɪntʃ/
adjective
Learner's definition of PINCH  
always used before a nounUS, baseball
: used as a substitute for another player
: made by a pinch hitter
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