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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
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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)
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The Daily Telegraph reports that the Queen of England, Elizabeth, is also feeling the pinch. Her advisers believe she will run out of money in 2012, and needs urgent help from the government.
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Employers are feeling the pinch from that gap today, he says.
All of Germany's dioceses, the bishop said, are feeling the pinch. Not only are more people dropping out of the Church, but increased unemployment means that parishes are collecting less of the nationwide church tax, their main source of income.
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Mexican hospitals are feeling the pinch. "There are enough jobs for nurses here on the Mexican border because we are close to the United States; in the country's interior there are not enough jobs," says Socorro Gomez, sub-director of nursing at Poliplaza Medica hospital in Juarez.
With or without claims, contractors are feeling the pinch in insurance premiums.
Massachusetts' homeowners insurance market is feeling the pinch as the state's largest provider said it would withdraw from Cape Cod, leaving about 14,000 policyholders searching for coverage.
The FTB is feeling the pinch of those cuts, as it must trim its budget by $27 million.