pinch

Definitions

General English

  • noun the action of squeezing something between your finger and thumb
  • noun a small quantity of something held between finger and thumb
  • verb to squeeze something tightly, using the finger and thumb
  • verb to steal something, especially something that is not very valuable

Food

  • A dry measure often used in recipes for a small quantity of powder. The amount of powder held between the thumb and forefinger, roughly equal to one quarter of a gram. 15 pinches per teaspoon.

Medical

  • noun an act of squeezing the thumb and first finger together
  • noun a quantity of something which can be held between the thumb and first finger
  • verb to squeeze something tightly between the thumb and first finger

Slang

  • verb (to make) an arrest. An underworld and police term on both sides of the Atlantic.
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