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  1. [noun] a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the recession"

  2. [noun] an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed

  3. [noun] a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
    Synonyms: touch, hint, tinge, mite, jot, speck, soupcon

  4. [noun] a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an emergency"
    Synonyms: emergency, exigency

  5. [noun] small sharp biting
    Synonyms: nip

  6. [noun] a squeeze with the fingers
    Synonyms: tweak

  7. [noun] the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
    Synonyms: apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, taking into custody

  8. [verb] squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"
    Synonyms: squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch

  9. [verb] make ridges into by pinching together
    Synonyms: crimp

  10. [verb] make off with belongings of others
    Synonyms: pilfer, cabbage, purloin, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift

  11. [verb] cut the top off; "top trees and bushes"
    Synonyms: top

  12. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: vellicate


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