at a pinch


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Related to at a pinch: get to the bottom of, take a stab at something

at a pinch

  (British & Australian) also in a pinch (American)
if something can be done at a pinch, it is possible in an urgent situation but it is difficult Will's car can take four people comfortably, five at a pinch.
See feel the pinch, take with a pinch of salt
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