Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pinch”

See all translations

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.
Idioms
(Definition of pinch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pinch?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “pinch” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

justice

fairness in the way people are dealt with

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More