Posted by Enough!, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm
Funny comment, nic
pinched in or pitched in?
v. pinched, pinch·ing, pinch·es
To squeeze between the thumb and a finger, the jaws of a tool, or other edges.
To squeeze or bind (a part of the body) in a way that causes discomfort or pain: These shoes pinch my toes.
To nip, wither, or shrivel: buds that were pinched by the frost; a face that was pinched with grief.
To straiten: "A year and a half of the blockade has pinched Germany" (William L. Shirer).
Slang To take (money or property) unlawfully. See Synonyms at steal.
Slang To take into custody; arrest.
To move (something) with a pinch bar.
Nautical To sail (a boat) so close into the wind that its sails shiver and its speed is reduced.
To press, squeeze, or bind painfully: This collar pinches.
To be miserly.
Nautical To drag an oar at the end of a stroke.
The act or an instance of pinching.
An amount that can be held between thumb and forefinger: a pinch of salt.
A painful, difficult, or straitened circumstance: felt the pinch of the recession.
An emergency situation: This coat will do in a pinch.
A narrowing of a mineral deposit, as in a mine.
Informal A theft.
Slang An arrest by a law enforcement officer.
Relating to pinch-hitting or pinch runners: a pinch single; a pinch steal of third base.
[Middle English pinchen, from Old North French *pinchier, variant of Old French pincier, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *pīnctiāre.]
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