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
Synonyms: crimp
Related terms: fold flute
3. [ noun ] a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action
Synonyms: emergency exigency

"he never knew what to do in an emergency"

Related terms: crisis
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
Synonyms: tweak
Related terms: squeeze pluck crimp
6. [ noun ] (medicine) an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
Related terms: injury
7. [ verb ] cut the top off
Synonyms: top

"top trees and bushes"

Related terms: snip tail top
8. [ noun ] a painful or straitened circumstance

: "the pinch of the recession"

Related terms: difficulty
9. [ noun ] (biology,food) small sharp biting
Synonyms: nip
Related terms: bite
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
Synonyms: vellicate

"smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth" "the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back"

Related terms: irritate
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
Similar spelling:   pinche