›Something that you can do at a pinch can be done if it is really necessary, but it will be difficult, not perfect, or not what you would really like: I need £2,000 to set up the business, but I suppose £1,500 would do at a pinch.
We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and