What does the word pinch mean?

Usage examples for pinch

  1. She gave his ear a little pinch. – Round the Red Lamp Being Facts and Fancies of Medical Life by 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 by 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 by Ruby Mildred Ayres