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pinch

1. the quantity of a substance, such as salt, that can be taken between a thumb and finger
2. a very small quantity

pinch

[pinch]
(engineering)
The closing-in of borehole walls before casing is emplaced, resulting from rock failure when drilling in formations having a low compressional strength.
(geology)
Thinning of a rock layer, as where a vein narrows.
(mining engineering)
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"So far our bowlers have done well in the World Cup but the team could feel the pinch against stronger opposition.
Higher food prices start to pinch consumers: With the rising cost of milk, eggs, meat and produce contributing to the biggest jump in food prices in 17 years, consumers are starting to feel the pinch. Some shoppers, already dealing with falling home values and rising fuel costs, are finding creative ways to save, opting for cheaper ingredients and private-label goods and leaning more heavily on discount grocers.
The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) figures indicate that consumers are starting to feel the pinch following the recent interest rate rises, which are visibly having an impact on household spending.
housing sector in free fall and companies like Bowater starting to feel the pinch of the softwood lumber export quotas, Ramsay wants to help them find other export markets.
They also believe local shops will feel the pinch if Tesco buys the site.
Millions more will feel the pinch in paying for their homes, as well as heating them.