|1.||[ verb ] squeeze tightly between the fingers|
|Synonyms:||nip squeeze tweet twinge twitch vellicate|
"He pinched her behind" "She squeezed the bottle"
|Related terms:||grip tweak claw|
|2.||[ verb ] make ridges into by pinching together|
|Related terms:||fold flute|
|3.||[ noun ] a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action|
"he never knew what to do in an emergency"
|4.||[ noun ] a small but appreciable amount|
|Synonyms:||mite speck touch jot soupcon tinge hint|
"this dish could use a touch of garlic"
|Related terms:||small_indefinite_quantity snuff|
|5.||[ noun ] a squeeze with the fingers|
|Related terms:||squeeze pluck crimp|
|6.||[ noun ] (medicine) an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed|
|7.||[ verb ] cut the top off|
"top trees and bushes"
|Related terms:||snip tail top|
|8.||[ noun ] a painful or straitened circumstance|
: "the pinch of the recession"
|9.||[ noun ] (biology,food) small sharp biting|
|10.||[ verb ] (criminal law) make off with belongings of others|
|Synonyms:||pilfer purloin lift abstract sneak nobble snarf filch hook swipe cabbage|
|Related terms:||steal booster pilferage|
|11.||[ verb ] 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"
|12.||[ noun ] (criminal law) the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)|
|Synonyms:||arrest collar catch taking_into_custody apprehension|
"the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
|Related terms:||capture collar|