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 for At a pinch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pinch \Pinch\, n.
     1. A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or
        with an instrument; a nip.
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     2. As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any
        very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff.
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     3. Pian; pang. "Necessary's sharp pinch." --Shak.
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     4. A lever having a projection at one end, acting as a
        fulcrum, -- used chiefly to roll heavy wheels, etc. Called
        also pinch bar.
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     At a pinch, On a pinch, in an emergency; as, he could on
        a pinch read a little Latin.
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