pinch for

pinch for

1. To steal something, especially something small in size or amount, on behalf of someone else. A noun or pronoun is used between "pinch" and "for." See if you can pinch a chocolate bar for me while you're in the gas station.
2. To arrest someone for committing some crime. A noun or pronoun is used between "pinch" and "for." They pinched him for stealing cigarettes from the convenience store.
See also: pinch

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
References in periodicals archive ?
The participants were asked to pinch for 3 to 5 seconds for each trial.
This was the paired assessment of pulp-to-pulp pinch for testers 2 and 3 (P < 0.05) (The difference in pulp-to-pulp pinch strength between testers 1 and 2 approached statistical significance (P = 0.06)).