pinch

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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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To date, only a handful of states which rely on imported cement--including Florida and California--have felt the pinch, with the New York area remaining unaffected by the shortage.
Compaq maintained its stronghold in the number-one position worldwide; Gateway also felt the pinch of the slow commercial start but managed to hold onto the fourth position in the United States.
"We felt the pinch. You would have to be foolish not to say we've been affected by the recession," admits Mayor Dennis Welin.