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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Americal Dictionary of the English Language

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Pinch

PINCH, verb transitive

1. To press hard or squeeze between the ends of the fingers, the teeth, claws, or with an instrument, etc.

2. To squeeze or compress between any two hard bodies.

3. To squeeze the flesh till it is pained or livid.

4. To gripe; to straiten; to oppress with want; as, to pinch a nation; to pinch the belly; to be pinched for want of food.

5. To pain by constriction; to distress; as pinching cold. The winter pinches.

6. To press; to straiten by difficulties; as, the argument pinches the objector.

The respondent is pinched with a strong objection.

7. To press hard; to try thoroughly.

PINCH, verb intransitive To act with pressing force; to bear hard; to be puzzling. You see where the reasons pinch

1. To spare; to be straitened; to be covetous.

The wretch whom avarice bids to pinch and spare,

Starve, steal and pilfer to enrich an heir.

PINCH, noun A close compression with the ends of the fingers.

1. A gripe; a pang.

2. Distress inflected or suffered; pressure; oppression; as necessity's sharp pinch

3. Straits; difficulty; time of distress from want.