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  Definition of Pinch
  1. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
  2. a squeeze with the fingers
  3. small sharp biting
  4. a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an emergency"
  5. a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
  6. an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
  7. a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the recession"
  8. 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"
  9. cut the top off; "top trees and bushes"
  10. squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"
  11. make ridges into by pinching together
  12. make off with belongings of others
Similar Words: apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, taking into custody, tweak, nip, emergency, exigency, touch, hint, tinge, mite, jot, speck, soupcon, vellicate, top, squeeze, twinge, tweet, twitch, crimp, pilfer, cabbage, purloin, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift

 

Hyponyms: snuff, tail, tweak, flute

 

Derivational Morphology: collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, cop, get, catch, capture, pluck, tweak, pull off, pick off, vellicate, crimp, squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch, top, topper, claw, chela, nipper, pincer, wring, squeezing, fold, crease, plication, flexure, bend, booster, shoplifter, lifter, boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, lucre, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum, sneak thief, pilferer, snitcher, pilferage

 

 
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