- 1an act of squeezing a part of someone's skin tightly between your thumb and finger, especially in order to hurt them She gave him a pinch on the arm to wake him up. small amount
- 2the amount of something that you can hold between your finger and thumb a pinch of salt Idioms
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to not have enough money Lots of people who have lost their jobs are starting to feel the pinch.
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used to say that something could be done or used in a particular situation if it is really necessary We can get six people around this table in a pinch. The recipe is for beef, but in a pinch you could use chicken.
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to be careful about believing that something is completely true If I were you, I'd take everything he says with a grain of salt.
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