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English definition of “pinch”

pinch

verb (PRESS)    /pɪntʃ/
[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).Squeezing and grinding 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.Not believing
(Definition of pinch verb (PRESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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