Meaning of “pinch” in the English Dictionary

"pinch" in British English

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pinchverb

uk /pɪntʃ/ us /pɪntʃ/

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.

Idiom(s)

pinchnoun

uk /pɪntʃ/ us /pɪntʃ/

(Definition of “pinch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pinch" in American English

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pinchverb [ I/T ]

us /pɪntʃ/

pinch verb [ I/T ] (PRESS)

to tightly press something, esp. someone’s skin, between your finger and thumb or between two surfaces:

[ T ] He pinched his nose together and breathed through his mouth.
[ T ] I had to pinch myself so I’d know I wasn’t dreaming.

Idiom(s)

pinchnoun

us /pɪntʃ/

pinch noun (AMOUNT)

[ C ] a small amount of something, esp. the amount that you can hold between your finger and thumb:

a pinch of nutmeg/pepper

(Definition of “pinch” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)