1 squeeze, nip, tweak, press, compress, grip, grasp:
I pinched my finger in the drawer.
2 squeeze, cramp, confine, crush, hurt:
These shoes really pinch badly.
3 steal, thieve, rob, take, shoplift, filch, pilfer, purloin, Colloq lift, Brit nick, US boost, Slang swipe, knock off:
I think it was Andrew who pinched my book.
4 arrest, apprehend, take into custody, Colloq nab, run in, collar, bust, run in, Brit nick:
She was pinched for driving while under the influence.
5 pinch pennies. scrimp, save, skimp, economize:
We're pinching pennies now so that we can afford a nice holiday later.
6 squeeze, nip, tweak, twinge:
Montrose gave the girl's cheek an affectionate pinch.
7 touch, (tiny or wee) bit, soupçon, jot, mite, taste, Colloq US tad, smidgen or smidgin:
Add a pinch of salt to the boiling water.
8 predicament, emergency, crisis, difficulty, dilemma, (ticklish or delicate) situation, complication, Colloq pickle, jam, scrape, Chiefly Brit crunch:
Sue will help me out in a pinch.