Synonyms of pinch


1. pinch, difficulty

usage: a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the recession"

2. pinch, injury, hurt, harm, trauma

usage: an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed

3. touch, hint, tinge, mite, pinch, jot, speck, soupcon, small indefinite quantity, small indefinite amount

usage: a slight but appreciable amount; "this dish could use a touch of garlic"

4. emergency, exigency, pinch, crisis

usage: a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an emergency"

5. nip, pinch, bite, chomp, clip, clipping, snip

usage: a small sharp bite or snip

6. pinch, tweak, squeeze, squeezing

usage: a squeeze with the fingers

7. apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody, capture, gaining control, seizure

usage: the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"


1. pinch, squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch, grip

usage: squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"

2. crimp, pinch, fold, fold up, turn up

usage: make ridges into by pinching together

3. pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift, steal

usage: make off with belongings of others

4. top, pinch, snip, clip, crop, trim, lop, dress, prune, cut back

usage: cut the top off; "top trees and bushes"

5. pinch, vellicate, irritate

usage: 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"

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