pinch, v. 1. squeeze, compress, constrict, tighten, contract, twist, wring; grip, grasp, grab, hold; tweak, pull, jerk.
2. bite, nip, vellicate; prick, stab, pierce; gall, chafe, rasp; sting, smart, pain, hurt, ache, discomfort, distress.
3. cramp, restrict, limit, restrain, straiten; check, hamper, curb, inconvenience; hinder, impede, inhibit, block, rein, fetter.
4. scrimp, skimp, save, pinch pennies, economize, make both ends meet, make ends meet, keep within one's means; hold back, be stingy, be parsimonious.
5. Slang, steal, rob, thieve, pilfer. See - steal (def. 1).
6. Informal, arrest, apprehend, take into custody. See - arrest (def. 1).
-n. 7. squeeze, nip, twinge, pang, stab, gripe, prick; twitch, stitch, kink, spasm; ache, pain, hurt, suffering, discomfort, distress.
8. bit, Inf. smidgin, Inf. tad; soupgon, trace, shade, touch, suggestion; small quantity, piece, morsel, scrap.
9. emergency, exigency, matter of life and death, extremity, urgency, pressure, stress; strait, pickle, scrape, jam; predicament, dilemma, difficulty, complication, trouble, rub; adversity, hardship, misery, affliction; pretty pass, pretty state of affairs, ticklish situation, delicate situation.
pinchbeck, n. 1. sham, mock, fake, counterfeit, imitation, Inf. phony; paste, glitter, tinsel, junk, brummagem; hoax, cheat, fraud, swindle, Sl. rip-off.
-adj. 2. counterfeit, spurious, bogus, fake, un-genuine, unauthentic, supposititious, bastard, pseudo, quasi, apocryphal, sham, mock, make-believe, Inf. phony; artificial, imitation, unreal, synthetic, ersatz; shoddy, junky, plastic, brummagem.
pinch-hit, v. substitute for, Inf. sub for, subrogate, act for, double for, fill in for, fill or take the place of, cover for, stand in lieu of, Sl. step into [s.o.'s] shoes, Inf. fill [s.o.'s] shoes; replace, succeed, supplant, supply, supersede; fill a vacancy or space or hole.
pine, v. 1. yearn for, long for, languish for, ache for, sigh for, wish for, carry the torch for, Inf. have a yen for; thirst for, hunger for, burn for, be dying for, Inf. hanker after; desire, desiderate, want, crave, covet, want with all one's heart, want in the worst way, Sl. give one's eyeteeth or right arm for.
2. weaken, decline, fade, wane, ebb, fail, flag, droop, wilt, waste, waste away, wither on the vine; pass away, fade away, fade out of the picture, die out or away, cease to exist or be, give way; go downhill, Sl. hit the skids; burn out, run out or down, Inf. run out of steam, Inf. give out, Inf. conk out, Inf. peg out, Inf. poop out, Inf peter out.
pinion, v. shackle, fetter, manacle, handcuff, put in irons, gyve, Sl. slap the cuffs or bracelets on; chain, enchain, truss, bind, bind hand and foot, tie, tie up, tie down, hogtie; trammel, entrammel, hobble, hamper, clog.
pink1, n. 1. acme, height, culmination, peak, pinnacle, summit, ultimate, quintessence, peak or acme of perfection.
-adj. 2. pinkish; rose, rosy, rose-colored, rose-hued; flesh-pink, flesh-color, flesh-colored; salmon, salmon-pink, salmon-colored.
pink1, v. 1. pierce, penetrate, stab, stick, run through, Sl. let the daylight in; impale, skewer, spit, fix, transfix; gore, spear, lance, spike; punch, perforate; punch full of holes, honeycomb, riddle.