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English noun: pinch

1. pinch (state) a painful or straitened circumstance


SamplesThe pinch of the recession.


Broader (hypernym)difficulty

2. pinch (state) an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed


Broader (hypernym)harm, hurt, injury, trauma

3. pinch (quantity) a slight but appreciable amount


SamplesThis dish could use a touch of garlic.


Synonymshint, jot, mite, soupcon, speck, tinge, touch


Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity


Narrower (hyponym)snuff

4. pinch (event) a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action


SamplesHe never knew what to do in an emergency.


Synonymsemergency, exigency


Broader (hypernym)crisis

5. pinch (act) a small sharp bite or snip


Synonymsnip


Broader (hypernym)bite, chomp, clip, clipping, snip

6. pinch (act) a squeeze with the fingers


Synonymstweak


Broader (hypernym)squeeze, squeezing

7. pinch (act) the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)


SamplesThe policeman on the beat got credit for the collar.


Synonymsapprehension, arrest, catch, collar, taking into custody


Broader (hypernym)capture, gaining control, seizure


English verb: pinch

1. pinch (contact) squeeze tightly between the fingers


SamplesHe pinched her behind.
She squeezed the bottle.


ExamplesThey pinch the trees


Synonymsnip, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitch


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)grip


Narrower (hyponym)goose, tweak

2. pinch (contact) make ridges into by pinching together


Synonymscrimp


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fold, fold up, turn up


Narrower (hyponym)flute

3. pinch (possession) make off with belongings of others


ExamplesThey pinch the money


Synonymsabstract, cabbage, filch, hook, lift, nobble, pilfer, purloin, snarf, sneak, swipe


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)steal

4. pinch (contact) cut the top off


SamplesTop trees and bushes.


Synonymstop


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim


Narrower (hyponym)tail

5. pinch (change) irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear


SamplesSmooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth.
The pain is as if sharp points pinch your back.


Synonymsvellicate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)irritate









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