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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


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

6. pinch (act) a squeeze with the fingers


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


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.


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.


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

Broader (hypernym)irritate

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