Paul Rudd has some advice for getting around in a pinch—when things go wrong, just stick out your thumb.
But we don't eat *that* much toast, and anyway, in a pinch, you can make toast in the oven.
In a pinch, Assange could be swept off the street and smuggled to American territory—that is, he could be kidnapped.
Rising above mere fill-in status when called upon in a pinch, "The Accidental Senator" keeps the (prevailing) party going strong.
“As much as I want to complain, I have to pinch myself that this is happening,” she said.
Who stops fur painters in a pinch like dat, or any thing else?
Gray Peter's heart was never in doubt, but what would Sally's courage be in a pinch?
But all that would be no good if he would not stand up when the pinch came.
In a pinch they would obey you nearly as well as they obey me.
But then—that sort of purse shape——Could I get a small pair of folding curling-irons into it, should you think, at a pinch?
early 13c., from Old North French *pinchier "to pinch, squeeze, nip; steal" (Old French pincier, Modern French pincer), of uncertain origin, possibly from Vulgar Latin *punctiare "to pierce," which might be a blend of Latin punctum "point" + *piccare "to pierce." Meaning "to steal" in English is from 1650s. Sense of "to be stingy" is recorded from early 14c. Related: Pinched; pinching.
late 15c., "critical juncture" (as in baseball pinch hitter, attested from 1912), from pinch (v.). This figurative sense is attested earlier than the literal sense of "act of pinching" (1590s) or that of "small quantity" (as much as can be pinched between a thumb and finger), which is from 1580s. There is a use of the noun from mid-15c. apparently meaning "fold or pleat of fabric."