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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Pinch \Pinch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pinched; p. pr. & vb. n.
Pinching.] [F. pincer, probably fr. OD. pitsen to pinch;
akin to G. pfetzen to cut, pinch; perhaps of Celtic origin.
1. To press hard or squeeze between the ends of the fingers,
between teeth or claws, or between the jaws of an
instrument; to squeeze or compress, as between any two
2. to seize; to grip; to bite; -- said of animals. [Obs.]
He [the hound] pinched and pulled her down.
3. To plait. [Obs.]
Full seemly her wimple ipinched was. --Chaucer.
4. Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to
starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money.
Want of room . . . pinching a whole nation. --Sir W.
5. To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a
pinch. See Pinch, n., 4.
6. To seize by way of theft; to steal; to lift. [Slang]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
7. to catch; to arrest (a criminal).
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: sounding as if the nose were pinched; "a whining nasal
voice" [syn: adenoidal, pinched, nasal]
2: very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold;
"emaciated bony hands"; "a nightmare population of gaunt men
and skeletal boys"; "eyes were haggard and cavernous"; "small
pinched faces"; "kept life in his wasted frame only by grim
concentration" [syn: bony, cadaverous, emaciated,
gaunt, haggard, pinched, skeletal, wasted]
3: not having enough money to pay for necessities [syn: hard
up, impecunious, in straitened circumstances(p),
penniless, penurious, pinched]
4: as if squeezed uncomfortably tight; "her pinched toes in her
pointed shoes were killing her"
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
83 Moby Thesaurus words for "pinched":
attenuated, badly off, cadaverous, careworn, clamped, compressed,
concentrated, condensed, consolidated, constricted, contracted,
corpselike, cramped, desperate, distressed, down to bedrock, drawn,
emacerated, emaciate, emaciated, embarrassed, feeling the pinch,
haggard, hard pressed, hard up, hollow-eyed, ill off, impecunious,
in Queer Street, in desperate straits, in extremis, in extremities,
in narrow circumstances, in reduced circumstances,
in straitened circumstances, jejune, knitted, land-poor, marantic,
marasmic, narrow, nipped, on the edge, out of pocket, peaked,
peaky, pinched-in, poor, poorly off, puckered, puny, pursed,
reduced, short, short of cash, short of funds, short of money,
shriveled, skeletal, solidified, sorely pressed, squeezed, starved,
starveling, straitened, strangled, strangulated, strapped, tabetic,
tabid, underfed, undernourished, unmoneyed, unprosperous,
up against it, wasp-waisted, wasted, weazeny, withered, wizened,
worn, wraithlike, wrinkled
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