pinch for(redirected from pinches them 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.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.