Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun pinch

7 senses of pinch

Sense 1
pinch -- (a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the recession")
       => difficulty -- (a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties")

Sense 2
pinch -- (an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed)
       => injury, hurt, harm, trauma -- (any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.)

Sense 3
touch, hint, tinge, mite, pinch, jot, speck, soupcon -- (a slight but appreciable amount; "this dish could use a touch of garlic")
       => small indefinite quantity, small indefinite amount -- (an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude)

Sense 4
emergency, exigency, pinch -- (a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an emergency")
       => crisis -- (a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something; "after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better")

Sense 5
nip, pinch -- (a small sharp bite or snip)
       => bite, chomp -- (the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws)
       => clip, clipping, snip -- (the act of clipping or snipping)

Sense 6
pinch, tweak -- (a squeeze with the fingers)
       => squeeze, squeezing -- (the act of gripping and pressing firmly; "he gave her cheek a playful squeeze")

Sense 7
apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody -- (the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar")
       => capture, gaining control, seizure -- (the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb pinch

5 senses of pinch

Sense 1
pinch, squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch -- (squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle")
       => grip -- (hold fast or firmly; "He gripped the steering wheel")

Sense 2
crimp, pinch -- (make ridges into by pinching together)
       => fold, fold up, turn up -- (bend or lay so that one part covers the other; "fold up the newspaper"; "turn up your collar")

Sense 3
pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift -- (make off with belongings of others)
       => steal -- (take without the owner's consent; "Someone stole my wallet on the train"; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation")

Sense 4
top, pinch -- (cut the top off; "top trees and bushes")
       => snip, clip, crop, trim, lop, dress, prune, cut back -- (cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; "dress the plants in the garden")

Sense 5
pinch, vellicate -- (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")
       => irritate -- (excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus; "irritate the glands of a leaf")

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