Share this entry

pinch
British English: /pɪn(t)ʃ/
American English: /pɪn(t)ʃ/

Translation of pinch in German:

noun

  • 1
    (squeezing) Kniff, der
    give somebody a pinch
    jemanden kneifen od. (especially South German) (Austrian German)
    zwicken
    give somebody a pinch on the arm/cheek etc.
    jemanden od. jemandem in den Arm/die Backe (usw.) kneifen od. (especially South German) (Austrian German)
    zwicken
  • 2 [figurative]feel the pinch
    knapp bei Kasse sein [colloquial]
    the firm is feeling the pinch
    der Firma geht es finanziell nicht gut
    at a pinch
    wenn es [unbedingt] sein muss
    if it comes to a or the pinch
    wenn es zum Äußersten od. Schlimmsten kommt

transitive verb

  • 1 (grip tightly)
    zwicken (especially South German) (Austrian German)
    pinch somebody's cheek/bottom
    jemanden in die Wange/den Hintern [colloquial] kneifen
    I had to pinch myself
    ich musste mich erst mal in den Arm kneifen [colloquial]
    pinched with cold [figurative]
    [völlig] durchgefroren
    starr vor Kälte
  • 2 [colloquial]
    (steal) klauen [colloquial]
  • 3 [colloquial]
    (arrest) sich Dat. schnappen [colloquial]
    get pinched
    geschnappt werden [colloquial]

intransitive verb

  • 1
    (Schuh)
    drücken
    that's where the shoe pinches
    [figurative]
    da liegt der Hase im Pfeffer od. der Hund begraben [colloquial]

Definition of pinch in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score: