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  • Jo undertook to pinch the papered locks
    Jo undertook to pinch the papered locks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pinched 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"
    • adj pinched sounding as if the nose were pinched "a whining nasal voice"
    • adj pinched as if squeezed uncomfortably tight "her pinched toes in her pointed shoes were killing her"
    • adj pinched not having enough money to pay for necessities
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An apple, onion, and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavor are caused by their smell. To prove this you can pinch your nose and take a bite from each. They will all taste sweet.
    • pinched Compressed; contracted; narrowed; presenting the appearance of being straitened in circumstances or with cold, want, trouble, or the like: as, a pinched face; a pinched look. Also used occasionally with the meaning of ‘narrowing’ or ‘thinning’ in speaking of mineral veins: as, the vein is pinched.
    • pinched Narrow; reduced in size; “skimped”: said especially of some forms of writing-paper: as, pinched post.
    • pinched Petty; contemptible.
    • pinched Arrested; apprehended.
    • pinched Of long, slender growth, as oysters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pinched having the appearance of being tightly squeezed: hard pressed by want or cold: narrowed in size
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  • Sir Roger L'Estrange
    Sir Roger L'Estrange
    “The devil helps his servants for a season; but when they get into a pinch; he leaves them in the lurch.”
  • Horace
    “If a man's fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    “Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil.”
  • Carl Jung
    “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Our income are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and trip.”


Feel the pinch - If someone is short of money or feeling restricted in some other way, they are feeling the pinch.
Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches - This means that it's hard to know how much someone else is suffering..
Pinch of salt - If what someone says should be taken with a pinch of salt, then they exaggerate and distort things, so what they say shouldn't be believed unquestioningly. ('with a grain of salt' is an alternative.)


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pincer; prob. Teut., cf. Dut. pitsen, to pinch.


In literature:

Moorings were cast off, a pinch of sail was lifted forward.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
The thin, pinched face of the young man appealed to the elder one.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
The marks of suffering, the pinched looks of illness and improper nourishment have gone from their faces.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
I would have withdrawn, but Edith pinched my arm and boldly went over and sat down in one of the empty chairs.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
But say, are you workin' me to get next to Red and get him pinched again?
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Add also, a pinch of cayenne pepper; put in a pan and bake for half an hour.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
Mush-an'-milk, with a dab o' cream an' a pinch o' salt, is all right to sleep on.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
Well, look out ye don't git pinched.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
It was eleven o'clock in the morning when the mail boat departed from Pinch-In Tickle.
"Left on the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
And as for Andrew McBain, you'd better not crowd him too far; he'll fight, on a pinch, himself.
"Rimrock Jones" by Dane Coolidge
But it's pinching fast.
"The Cross-Cut" by Courtney Ryley Cooper
I bet they pinch you for something before you get out.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
He liked to squeeze her plump arm and pinch her soft cheek between thumb and forefinger.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
If concurrently with the smelling of food the dog is pinched, the pinch ceases to be a matter for resentment.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
She was fond of being considered much richer than she really was, and kept her pinches to herself.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
That stuff's been pinched from the mill.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
Pinch off all water or tender sprouts.
"The Apple" by Various
My dear Cherry, Pinch a gentleman!
"Dickens' Stories About Children Every Child Can Read" by Charles Dickens
Next add a pinch of salt and a dust of pepper, let it boil up, and pour over the pork.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
The watchman rubbed his eyes and pinched himself to see whether he was properly awake, or dreaming.
"British Secret Service During the Great War" by Nicholas Everitt

In poetry:

By the pinched rushlight's starving beam
We cower and strain our wasted sight,
To stitch youth's shroud up, seam by seam,
In the long arctic night.
"To----" by James Russell Lowell
The wild young lions, pinched with pain
And hunger, roar through all the wood;
But none shall seek the Lord in vain,
Nor want supplies of real good.
"Psalm XXXIV: Lord, I Will Bless Thee" by Isaac Watts
So then I bravely broke away
From spooks and ectoplasic gauze.
Yet in the brazen light of day
I had to pinch myself because
Really! I wondered if I was.
"The Seance" by Robert W Service
When the black cold of a winter’s night
bruises you with its icy pinch
and frost sticks knives in your shivering flesh,
then come to me, blessed of God.
"On A Summer’s Day" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik
"And when the dance is o'er,
The pinched guitar, the smitten tambourine,
Have ceased their rhythmic beat,—oh, friends of mine,
On my rich bier, then pour
"Don Rafael" by Emma Lazarus
But 'struth! 'E is king-pin! The 'ead serang!
I mustn't tramp about, or talk no slang;
I mustn't pinch 'is nose, or make a face,
I mustn't—Strike! 'E seems to own the place!
"The Kid " by C J Dennis

In news:

We'll tell you how to pinch the right loaf.
But before you dive into Aunt Bessie's famous cookies, you might have to get past a few pinched cheeks and possibly some bad breath.
Pinch of cayenne (or to taste).
Just a pinch of cyanide .
VA defense contractor s already feeling sequestration pinch.
The same flare as usual, with an added pinch of Dixieland, is what can be expected from this year's Pops in the Park entertainment.
Pinch the skin of the grape near the stem end and peel carefully down toward the base.
0 Pinch a blanched pearl onion to peel the outer layer.
We're all feeling the pinch this year, whether we're pulling up to the gas pump, filling our carts at the grocery store, opening a letter from the I.R.S.
I have a painful pinched nerve in my foot.
Wisconsin Speeders Getting Pinched .
Columnist's focus on profit a ' pinched ' view of lawyers.
Are you in a pinch to find something green for St Patrick's Day.
I have a new helper named Tuesday, who loves to pinch off the tops of any plants she can reach.
They said the name comes from family recipes that call for a smidge of this and a pinch of that.

In science:

Suppose that fn is k -pinching for some fixed k .
Simple loop conjecture for limit groups
Then fn = f ϕn | is always noninjective and is eventually non-k -pinching for any k .
Simple loop conjecture for limit groups
Then πϕn should be eventual ly non-k-pinching for any k if π embeds al l subsurfaces S ′ such that ϕn stays in a finite set of cosets (up to conjugacy) of Stab(π1 (S ′ )) < Aut(π1 (S )).
Simple loop conjecture for limit groups
If f : S0 → Z is 4k + 4 non-pinching then no non-boundary-paral lel k-simple arc α : (I, ∂ I ) → (S, ∂S ) is homotopic rel boundary into ∂S ⊂ S/f .
Simple loop conjecture for limit groups
If f : S0 → Z is 4k + 4 non-pinching then no k-simple closed curve in S has trivial image in S/f .
Simple loop conjecture for limit groups
The natural map π1 (S ) → Gn is noninjective and non-k-pinching for large n.
Simple loop conjecture for limit groups
The map gn is non-k -pinching for large n, again by Lemma 13.
Simple loop conjecture for limit groups
In the scaling limit, the G -geodesic, continually pinched at all scales by dense loops, is forced to pass through all their contact points.
The Hausdorff Dimension of Two-Dimensional Quantum Gravity
A w(y) of degree N thus generates contributions, unsuppressed by additional powers of α s, up to D = 2N + 2. “Pinched ” ( “unpinched ”) w( s) are those with (without) a zero at s = s0 .
Issues in determining alpha_s from hadronic tau decay and electroproduction data
Pinching in w( s) significantly reduces this effect, compatible with the expectation that DV contributions to Π will be localized to the vicinity of the timelike point on the contour.
Issues in determining alpha_s from hadronic tau decay and electroproduction data
However, the degree 3 kinematic weights in Eq. (4) produce NP contributions up to D = 8 in the corresponding OPE representation, making RV/A itself insufficient to determine α s, even if DV contributions are assumed negligible for the double-pinched weights w(00) and wL .
Issues in determining alpha_s from hadronic tau decay and electroproduction data
Double-pinching was assumed sufficient to make residual DV contributions negligible, but no assumptions about the D > 4 OPE coefficients were made (i.e., all non-α s-suppressed NP OPE contributions were included).
Issues in determining alpha_s from hadronic tau decay and electroproduction data
Consider a face set, K, which looks like a pinch ribbon.
Rational Homotopy and Intersection Cohomology
This transport regime was achieved by tuning the transistor into its pinch-off state, close to the onset of free-carrier conduction (see Supplementary Material).
Coupling and coherent electrical control of two dopants in a silicon nanowire
There are important plasma configurations, such as astrophysical plasmas, some varieties of linear z-pinches and dense plasma focus, where a close-in conducting boundary is not present and the above referred limitation is unnecessary.
Coherent effects in the stochastic electrodynamics of two-fluid plasma