A single century from the time when Richardson sank the discovery shaft it had already begun to 'pinch out.'
It is usually best to pinch out the centers of the plants at this time to cause them to branch.
The Clarice is on a genuine lode; but we're likely to run into a 'horse' or pinch out most any minute.
As the barkeeper takes the pinch out of the miner's bag barkeepers with broad thumbs receive the highest wages.
I don't know how thick the vein is or whether it's going to pinch out in ten minutes after we strike it.
The valley grew narrower, as if it was to pinch out, and the thunder grew louder.
After the plants start into growth, pinch out the top to induce a bushy growth.
pinch out the lateral shoots, and as soon as the fruits commence to colour some of the largest leaves may be partially removed.
pinch out all side growths, and limit the number of pods to two in each cluster.
pinch out the top buds, if the shoots are growing very long.
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."