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Chinese (Simplified) translation of “at a pinch”

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at a pinch

UK ( US in a pinch)
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
必要时;在紧要关头
I need £2000 to set up the business, but I suppose £1500 would do at a pinch.
我需要2000英镑来创办这个公司,不过实在凑不够,1500英镑也可以。
Merely and barelyAlmost
Translations of “at a pinch”
in Chinese (Traditional) 必要時, 在緊要關頭…
(Definition of at a pinch from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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