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pinch

2 noun
     
pinch2 [countable]
1

pinch of salt/pepper etc

a small amount of salt, pepper etc that you can hold between your finger and thumb:
Add a pinch of salt to taste.
2 when you press someone's skin between your finger and thumb:
She gave him a playful pinch.
3

at a pinch

British English in a pinch American English used to say that you could do something if necessary in a difficult or urgent situation:
There's space for three people. Four at a pinch.
If you're in a pinch, I'm sure they'd look after Jenny for a while.
4

take something with a pinch of salt

used to say that you should not always completely believe what a particular person says:
You have to take what he says with a pinch of salt.
5

feel the pinch

to have financial difficulties, especially because you are not making as much money as you used to make:
Local stores and businesses are beginning to feel the pinch.

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