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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: I need £2,000 to set up the business, but I suppose £1,500 would do at a pinch.
Translations of “at a pinch”
in Chinese (Traditional) 必要時, 在緊要關頭…
in Chinese (Simplified) 必要时, 在紧要关头…
(Definition of at a pinch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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