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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.
when you press someone's skin between your finger and thumb
She gave him a playful pinch.
at a pinch
in a pinch
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.
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.
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.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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