at a pinch/push
at a pinch
Said of a challenging, but potentially workable, situation. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Sir, I think we can get you on that flight at a pinch, as long as you don't mind waiting around.
at a push
With extra effort. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. At a push, we can still make it on time. I think I can have this order done early, at a push.
at a pinchBRITISH or
in a pinchAMERICAN
COMMON If it is possible to do something at a pinch, it can just be done if it is absolutely necessary. Allow an hour for the dish to stand when it comes out of the oven, but 10-15 minutes will do at a pinch. The ballroom could easily handle two hundred chairs, more in a pinch.
at a push
If it is possible to do something at a push, it can be done if necessary but it is difficult. The only thing you can't get in the village is milk and you can always, at a push, get some from the farm. He could undress, take a shower and change into evening clothes in under five minutes at a push.
at a pinchif necessary; in an emergency.
A North American variant of this expression is in a pinch .
at a pushif necessary; in an emergency. British
1997 Trail It's roomy for one person, but can take two at a push.