Definición de pinch en inglés:

pinch

Saltos de línea: pinch
Pronunciación: /pɪn(t)ʃ
 
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verbo

[with object]
  • 1Grip (something, typically a person’s flesh) tightly and sharply between finger and thumb: she pinched his cheek
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    • She sighed and rumbled softly while I showed her how to rub and pinch flesh between the fingers, how to read the muscles.
    • He leaned over again and trailed his lips down Edge's neck, his fingers now gently pinching the sensitive flesh.
    • His hand clamped around her neck loosely but his thumb was pinching her skin against the wall.
    Sinónimos
    nip, tweak, squeeze, compress, grasp
  • 1.1(Of a shoe) hurt (a foot) by being too tight: Mrs Grandison’s pointed, Italian-style shoes were already beginning to pinch her feet [no object]: if your shoes pinch, take them off
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    • There's no point in buying shoes that will pinch your toes and cramp your feet all day long.
    • I look over at the closet and scan the rows of shoes there, the shoes that hurt my feet, pinch my toes, make me wobble and have to hold on to Tony for balance and support.
    • She descended the stairs carefully because the shoes were pinching her feet.
    Sinónimos
    hurt, cause pain to, pain; squeeze, crush, cramp, chafe, confine; be uncomfortable, cause discomfort, be painful
  • 1.2Compress (one’s lips), especially from worry or tension: Aunt Rose pinched her thin lips together
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    • If he's real persistent, even with the noseband on, you can pinch his lip when he tries to put his mouth on you.
    • He was pinching his bottom lip with frustration by this point.
    • Dezra ordered stubbornly, pinching her lips at him and glowering from beneath the big hat.
  • 2 [no object] Live in a frugal way: if I scraped and pinched a bit, I might manage
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    • It's said that Chicago Bears founder George Halas pinched pennies so tightly that his thumbprint looked like the profile of Abraham Lincoln.
    Sinónimos
    economize, be economical, scrimp, scrimp and save, cut corners, reduce wastage, skimp, stint, be sparing, be frugal, cut back, tighten one's belt, draw in one's horns, retrench, cut expenditure, cut one's coat according to one's cloth; be niggardly, be tight-fisted, be close
    informal be stingy, be tight, be mingy
  • 4Remove (buds or leaves) from a plant to encourage bushy growth: pinch out tips of shoots regularly
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    • This combination of mulch and pinching leaves will help keep soil-borne disease pathogens from splashing up onto plant leaves during rain storms or watering.
    • This is also the time to remove your plants and trim or pinch the old growth and all yellowing leaves off.
    • Remove all rootstock suckers or low-growing branches, and pinch the main stems to keep the height manageable.
  • 5 Sailing Sail (a boat) so close to the wind that the sails begin to lose power.

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  • 1An act of pinching someone: he gave her a gentle pinch
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    • Try strokes, caresses, nips, pinches and gentle scratches.
    • Number of gropes, slaps, pinches and otherwise unwanted sexual attention endured: 0.
    • What looks like an earlobe pinch is a pressure point submission; I had heard of its use in law enforcement but hadn't seen it until now.
    Sinónimos
  • 1.1An amount of an ingredient that can be held between fingers and thumb: add a pinch of salt
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    • The only added ingredients are a pinch of salt and, on the French fries, canola or soybean oil and citric acid.
    • For the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese until they are fluffy and then add the remaining ingredients with a pinch of salt until combined.
    • While the pinch of something can as well, in general, a cook understands that a pinch is a modest amount, less than a teaspoon.
    Sinónimos
    small quantity, bit, touch, dash, spot, trace, soupçon, speck, taste
    informal smidgen, smidge, tad
  • 2 Baseball A critical point in the game.
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    • Carbo hit his second pinch homer of the series, and the game was tied 6-6.
    • Carbo offered him his best chance of coming through in the pinch, just as he had done with a home run in Game Three.
    • Boston's Bernie Carbo had fled the battle with a two-out, three-run eighth-inning pinch homer.

Frases

at (or North American in) a pinch

If absolutely necessary: the rear will accommodate two adults or three smaller people at a pinch
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  • If there was a unique and complex weapon that became necessary to be wield in a pinch, she was required be more skilled in it than anyone before.
  • So, now that I work for Don Graham, I regard him as family, welcome to borrow my car or $50 whenever he's in a pinch.
  • Saudi Arabia produces 9 million barrels a day, and can do 11 in a pinch.
Sinónimos
if necessary, with difficulty, in case of necessity, if need be, in an emergency, just possibly; North American in a pinch
British informal at a push

feel the pinch

Experience hardship, especially financial: staff were beginning to feel the pinch as the dispute entered its third week
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  • The position of the Coptic communities is becoming more insecure and they are the first to feel the pinch of hardship.
  • Though obviously a different prospect to a large hotel and dependent of passing trade rather than the tour buses or large bookings, many guest houses around Kerry are also beginning to feel the pinch.
  • Both men are septuagenarians who have felt the pinch of ageism in a business that often dismisses extensive experience and talent as irrelevant.
Sinónimos
suffer hardship, have less money, be short of money, be poor, be impoverished, suffer poverty, suffer adversity

have to pinch oneself

Used to convey that a good situation is so surprising that the person involved has to make sure they are not imagining it: sometimes I have to pinch myself to realize it isn’t all a dream
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  • The more Collins talks, the more you have to pinch yourself.
  • Roger East occasionally has to pinch himself to make sure he isn't dreaming.
  • I had to pinch myself in case I was dreaming.

Origen

Middle English (as a verb): from an Old Northern French variant of Old French pincier 'to pinch'.

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