Slang Dictionary

pinch definition

  1. n.
    a small amount of a powdered substance, such as salt, snuff, a spice, etc. (Not slang.) : He put a pinch under his lips and walked up to home plate.
  2. tv.
    to arrest someone. : The police captain pinched her for passing bad checks.
  3. n.
    the arrest of someone. : They made the pinch in front of her house.
  4. tv.
    to steal something. (See also cop.) : The kid pinched a candy bar right off the counter.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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In addition to the idioms beginning with pinch, also see feel the pinch; in a pinch; with a grain (pinch) of salt.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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