pinch

Part of speech: verb

To plait.

Part of speech: verb

To squeeze; nip; bind; treat stingily.

Part of speech: noun

The act of pinching; painful pressure; emergency.

Part of speech: noun

So much as can be taken between the finger and thumb.

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Usage examples "pinch":

  1. She gave his ear a little pinch. - "Round the Red Lamp Being Facts and Fancies of Medical Life", Arthur Conan Doyle.
  2. I know the piece by heart, and at a pinch I could play all the parts. - "San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams", Charles Paul de Kock.
  3. Under cover of the table she gave herself a hard pinch to make sure that she was really awake.... - "The Beggar Man", Ruby Mildred Ayres.