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pinching (comparative more pinching, superlative most pinching)

  1. That pinches, or causes such a sensation
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      It was one January morning, very early — a pinching, frosty morning — the cove all gray with hoar-frost, the ripple lapping softly on the stones, the sun still low and only touching the hilltops and shining far to seaward.



  1. present participle of pinch


pinching (plural pinchings)

  1. The act of one who or that which pinches.
    • 2012, Paul Theroux, The Lower River
      Simon ate an orange, removing the peel in fastidious pinchings, such delicacy in a dugout on a river flowing through the bush.
  2. (horticulture) The act of pinching off new growth.
    • 1926, Bimonthly Bulletin of the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station, page 139:
      Six varieties gave more shoots from the greater number of pinchings while three had more shoots when pinching was discontinued August 10.