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[n] the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
[n] a squeeze with the fingers
[n] small sharp biting
[n] a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an emergency"
[n] a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
[n] an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
[n] a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the recession"
[v] 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"
[v] cut the top off; "top trees and bushes"
[v] squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"
[v] make ridges into by pinching together
[v] make off with belongings of others

Misc. Definitions

\Pinch\, v. t. To seize by way of theft; to steal; also, to catch; to arrest. [Slang] --Robert Barr.
\Pinch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pinched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pinching}.] [F. pincer, probably fr. OD. pitsen to pinch; akin to G. pfetzen to cut, pinch; perhaps of Celtic origin. Cf. {Piece}.]
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. o 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.
\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. --Gower. The wretch whom avarice bids to pinch and spare. --Franklin. {To pinch at}, to find fault with; to take exception to. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
\Pinch\, n.
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.'' --Shak.
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.

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