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pinch [1].


Pronunciation: \'pinch\




1 : to squeeze between the finger and thumb or between the jaws of an instrument <My aunt pinched my cheeks.>

2 : to squeeze painfully <I pinched my finger in a door.>

3 : to break off by squeezing with the thumb and fingers <Pinch off a bit of dough.>

4 : to cause to look thin or shrunken <. . . I saw Dad run toward me with his face all pinched with anger. Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control> a face pinched with cold

pinch pennies : to be thrifty or stingy

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