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pinch (one) off

vulgar slang To defecate, especially quickly. Give me a minute, I just need to go pinch one off and then I'll be ready to leave.
See also: off, pinch

pinch and scrape

To spend as little money as possible; to be very frugal or tight, especially with the aim of saving up for something bigger. Ever since we had our second child, we've had to pinch and scrape to make sure they both get what they want for Christmas.
See also: and, pinch, scrape

feel pinched

 and feel the pinch
Fig. experiencing hardship because of having too little money. The Smiths used to go abroad every year, but now that he's retired, they're really feeling pinched. You're bound to feel the pinch a little when you're a student.
See also: feel, pinch

in a pinch

as a substitute. A piece of clothing can be used as a bandage in a pinch. In a pinch, you can use folded paper to prop up the table leg so the table won't rock.
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pinch someone for something

Sl. to arrest someone for something. The cops pinched Max for driving without a license. Max was pinched for speeding.
See also: pinch

pinch something back

to pinch off a bit of the top of a plant so it will branch and grow more fully. You should pinch this back so it will branch. Pinch back the new leaves at the top.
See also: back, pinch

pinch something from someone or something

Sl. to steal something from someone or something. Sam pinched an apple from the produce stand. We saw a pickpocket pinch a wallet from an old man.
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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

pinch-hit for someone

 
1. Fig. to bat for someone else in a baseball game. Wally Wilson will pinch-hit for Gary Franklin. Rodney Jones is pinch-hitting for Babe DiMaggio.
2. Fig. to substitute for someone in any situation. Bart will pinch-hit for Fred, who is at another meeting today. Who will pinch-hit for me while I am on vacation?

scrimp and save

 and pinch and scrape
to be very thrifty; to live on very little money, often in order to save up for something. We had to scrimp and save in order to send the children to college. The Smiths pinched and scraped all year in order to go on a Caribbean cruise.
See also: and, save, scrimp

take something with a pinch of salt

 and take something with a grain of slt
Fig. to listen to a story or an explanation with considerable doubt. You must take anything she says with a grain of salt. She doesn't always tell the truth. They took my explanation with a pinch of salt. I was sure they didn't believe me.
See also: of, pinch, salt, take

feel the pinch

to experience the effect of having less money Consumers have felt the pinch of higher gasoline prices.
See also: feel, pinch

in a pinch

if necessary You should use lime juice, but in a pinch lemon is all right.
See also: pinch

feel the pinch

to have problems with money because you are earning less than before When my father lost his job and we had to live on my mother's earnings, we really started to feel the pinch.
See also: feel, pinch

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
See also: pinch

pinch-hit

  (American)
to do something for someone because they are suddenly unable to do it (often + for ) He was pinch-hitting for one of the regular TV sportscasters, and was a great success.

take something with a pinch of salt

  (British & Australian) also take something with a grain of salt (American & Australian)
if you take what someone says with a pinch of salt, you do not completely believe it You have to take everything she says with a pinch of salt. She has a tendency to exaggerate. It's interesting to read the reports in the newspapers, but I tend to take them with a grain of salt.
See rub salt in the wound
See also: of, pinch, salt, take

scrimp and save

to spend very little money, especially because you are saving it to buy something expensive (often + to do sth) We had to scrimp and save to buy our first house.
See also: and, save, scrimp

feel the pinch

Be affected by hardship, especially straitened finances. For example, This job pays much less, so we're bound to feel the pinch. [Mid-1800s]
See also: feel, pinch

in a pinch

In an emergency, when hard-pressed, as in This music isn't what I would have chosen, but it will do in a pinch. This term dates from the late 1400s, when it was put as at a pinch (a usage still current in Britain); pinch alludes to straitened circumstances.
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pinch hitter

A substitute for another person, especially in an emergency. For example, Pat expected her mother to help with the baby, but just in case, she lined up her mother-in-law as pinch hitter . This expression comes from baseball, where it is used for a player substituting for another at bat at a critical point or in a tight situation (called a pinch since the late 1400s). [Late 1800s]
See also: hitter, pinch

pinch pennies

Be thrifty or miserly, as in There's no need to pinch pennies now that you're working full-time. This term was first recorded in 1942.
See also: penny, pinch

scrimp and save

Economize severely, spend as little as possible, as in For years we had to scrimp and save, but now we can enjoy life more. [Mid-1800s]
See also: and, save, scrimp

with a grain of salt

Also, with a pinch of salt. Skeptically, with reservations. For example, I always take Sandy's stories about illnesses with a grain of salt-she tends to exaggerate. This expression is a translation of the Latin cum grano salis, which Pliny used in describing Pompey's discovery of an antidote for poison (to be taken with a grain of salt). It was soon adopted by English writers.
See also: grain, of, salt

pinch

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.

pinch hitter

1. n. a substitute batter in the game of baseball. Sam is a pinch hitter for Ralph, who broke his wrist.
2. n. any substitute person. In school today we had a pinch hitter. Our teacher was sick.
See also: hitter, pinch

pinched

mod. arrested. (see also cop, pinch.) Sam got pinched for a parole violation.
See also: pinch

with a grain of salt

With reservations; skeptically: Take that advice with a grain of salt.
See also: grain, of, salt

pinch pennies

Informal
To be thrifty or miserly.
See also: penny, pinch
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Pinches came back and said something to Mr Dicomidis, which he didn't hear, and then assaulted him.
Pinches laughed in open court as Mr Gwynne read the evidence.
Pinches has nine previous offences, and has served a 66-month prison sentence for robbery, the court heard.
Dave Sedgwick, defending, said Pinches had no recollection of the incident because of the alcohol he had drunk, and that he was "extremely sorry".
But an unkind split ended his break of 35 and a few shots later Pinches had his chance of a famous victory.
Pinches said another person had brought the goods there and he was going to be paid with some of the stolen antique rings for looking after them.
Judge William Gaskell said the child's health was one of the reasons Pinches was not being jailed for handling.
Higgins, seeded four this week, thrashed Pinches 5-0 with the aid of breaks of 68 and 132 after the Norwich professional failed to sparkle.
Pinches reached his first ranking quarter-final in 14 years as a pro at the UK Championship in November.
John had good breaks in the first and last frames but I had a load of chances in the others and didn't take them," said Pinches.
Pinches has struggled to stamp his authority at the toplevel, but following his victory over Lee, the world number 36 said: ``It's nice to play to my potential after all this time.
Pinches showed glimpses of his talent when he won the English amateur title in 1988 and finished runner-up to Thailand's James Wattana a year later in the world amateur championship.
Since then I've watched all these young kids coming through and I've never thought they could do something I couldn't do,'' added Pinches.
Donovan and Pinches, of Beechley Drive, Pentrebane, stole a mobile phone and left Mr Fowler with a bleeding nose during the robbery in February.
Robert Hawkins, for Pinches, said the robbery showed 'what drink and stupidity can do'.