1. Simple past tense and past participle of pinch


  1. Very thin, as if drawn together
    • 1855, Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom Chapter 3
      Want of food was my chief trouble the first summer at my old master's. Oysters and clams would do very well, with an occasional supply of bread, but they soon failed in the absence of bread. I speak but the simple truth, when I say, I have often been so pinched with hunger, that I have fought with the dog—"Old Nep"—for the smallest crumbs that fell from the kitchen table, and have been glad when I won a single crumb in the combat.
    • 1897 Edwin Arlington Robinson, Chilodren of the Night, "Aaron Stark":
      His thin, pinched mouth was nothing but a mark […]
  2. (of a person or their face) Tense and pale from cold, worry, or hunger.
  3. Financially hurt or damaged.
  4. Compressed

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