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verb pinch pronunciation in British English /pɪntʃ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypinch
he/she/itpinches
present participlepinching
past tensepinched
past participlepinched
  1. 1
    [transitive] to squeeze someones skin between your thumb and finger so that it hurts them
    Roger pinched my arm.
  2. 3
    [transitive] British informal to steal something
  3. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] when using a touch screen, to bring your index finger and thumb together or move them apart in order to move things on the screen
    To zoom in to the picture, touch the screen with your finger and thumb and pinch them apart.

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