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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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His vice glasses his eye, cuts lines of mean expression in his cheek, pinches the nose, sets the mark of the beast on the back of the head, and writes O fool
He was as feeble, spare, and slow in his pinches as in everything else, but a certain little trickling of enjoyment of them played in the poor worn nerves about the corners of his eyes and mouth.
But, as it chanced to be immediately under his nose, it followed, as a matter of course, that he looked all over his desk for it, without finding it; and happening in the course of his search to look straight before him, his gaze encountered the pale and terrified face of Oliver Twist: who, despite all the admonitory looks and pinches of Bumble, was regarding the repulsive countenance of his future master, with a mingled expression of horror and fear, too palpable to be mistaken, even by a half-blind magistrate.
How, in the course of years, he had reduced the principal by trifling sums, 'having,' said Twemlow, 'always to observe great economy, being in the enjoyment of a fixed income limited in extent, and that depending on the munificence of a certain nobleman,' and had always pinched the full interest out of himself with punctual pinches.
And it was not a contest of politeness, or by any means a matter of form, for she knew very well that her husband wished to enter the house in this order, that he might have a favourable opportunity of inflicting a few pinches on her arms, which were seldom free from impressions of his fingers in black and blue colours.
5kg chicken 1 tbsp sweet paprika, plus a couple of pinches 3 tbsp olive oil 850g potatoes, cut into chunks 220g chorizo ring, cut into chunks 1 whole garlic bulb, peeled 200ml white wine 200ml hot chicken stock 2 pinches of saffron 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed Small pack parsley, roughly chopped 300g Greek yogurt Method 1 Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas Mark 6.
Scott Pinches, 23, told paramedic Nicolas Dicomidis that his aggression was "a promise, not a threat" and drunkenly assaulted him on July 23, Bridgend Magistrates' Court heard.
BARCLAYS has appointed John Pinches as the new head of its agricultural team covering the North East and North Yorkshire.
If the flash pockets and pinches are not properly designed, excess material can be squeezed into the container around the handle.
The papers are organized into sections dealing with wire array z-pinches, x- pinches, gas-puffs, plasma focus, capillary discharges and soft x-ray lasers, pulsed power drivers, and diagnostic techniques and spectroscopy.
Stephen Hendry described his epic 13-12 victory over Barry Pinches as 'one of my hardest ever Crucible battles' after reaching the World Championship quarter-finals in Sheffield last night.