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pinch

verb uk   /pɪntʃ/ us  

pinch verb (PRESS)

[I or T] to press something, especially someone's skin, strongly between two hard things such as a finger and a thumb, usually causing pain: Ouch! Stop pinching (me)! These shoes are too tight, they pinch (my feet).pinch yourself informal You say that you have to pinch yourself if you cannot really believe something that has happened because it is so good or so strange: I can't believe that he's back from Canada and he's mine - I keep having to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming.

pinch verb (STEAL)

[T] informal to steal something: Right, who's pinched my chair?

pinch

noun uk   /pɪntʃ/ us  

pinch noun (AMOUNT)

[C] a small amount of something, such as a powder, especially the amount that a person can hold between their first finger and thumb: While the tomatoes are cooking add a pinch of salt/sugar/dried thyme. figurative Opinion polls on subjects like this should be taken with a pinch of scepticism.

pinch noun (PRESS)

[C usually singular] the act of pinching something or someone: She gave Emma a painful pinch on the arm.
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