pinch off

pinch something off (of) something

 and pinch something off
to sever something from something by pinching. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Pinch the buds off the lower branches so the one at the top will bloom. Pinch off the lower buds.
See also: off, pinch
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Simply pinch off any dying flowers between finger and thumb as soon as they start to droop.
Flowers, though pretty, will take energy away from leaf growth, so pinch off flower heads as and when they appear.
To ensure deeply rooted and well-anchored plants, pinch off all but the top two pairs of leaves, then set the seedling at the bottom of a 1- to 2-foot hole.
For bottom fishing, one good rigging technique is to pinch off the tail of the shrimp and rig it like a Texas-rigged bass worm: Thread the hookpoint through the tail, out the belly of the bait, and then turn the hook to bury the point in the "chest.
9 Pinch off faded rose flowers to encourage more flowers later.
Pinch off the ends of the cloves and add them to the pan, throw away the stalks.
When the first beans start to form, pinch off the top 10cm (4in) of stem to reap an earlier harvest.
This sacrifice, in which bacteria pinch off minuscule spheres called vesicles, may influence climate change by affecting how much carbon dioxide the oceans can absorb.
Harvest cucumbers and continue to pinch off the tips of sideshoots two leaves beyond a female flower.
Harvest cucumbers and continue to pinch off the tips of side-shoots two leaves beyond a female flower.
p 2 Deadhead roses - don't just pinch off the dead flower as this will cause the stem to go brown and die back.
First discovered in yeast as rings that pinch off dividing cells, septins are Guanosine-5'-triphosphate (GTP)-binding proteins that are integral to a cell's dynamic skeleton.
smooth and has no lumps, pinch off pieces and shape with thumb and
Continue to harvest greenhouse cucumbers and pinch off the tips of side shoots two leaves beyond female flowers.
Keep newly-transplanted hollyhocks well watered and pinch off any young leaves that show any evidence of rust.