at a pinch

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - at a pinch

"at a pinch"

in an emergency as a substitute if necessary


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - at a pinch

A mother and daughter are talking on the telephone ...

Daughter:  Mom! I need your help please. My boyfriend is coming for dinner and I am making pizza but I just realized that I don't have any pizza sauce.

Mother:  Do you have plain tomato sauce, pepper and onion salt? 

Daughter:  Yes.

Mother:  Then, at a pinch, you can use that as a substitute.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - at a pinch

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  We're heading out for the party now.

Friend 2:  Can I catch a ride?

Friend 1:  I'm already taking four people and my car is really small.

Friend 2:  Oh, c'mon! At a pinch we can squeeze five people in.

at a pinch - Usage:


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at a pinch - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for at a pinch.

at a pinch - Examples:

1)  ... disagree that all apartments need a bed, table, and chair. At a pinch you could always spread out a sleeping bag or a few blankets for a ...

2)  And while it is supposed to be self-financing, at a pinch it can go to the government for lines of credit and taxpayer bailouts.

3)  ... deli open 24/7 will always be there to grab that quart of milk at a pinch?

4)  You can also use instant coffee at a pinch.

5)  Research found that 50% of Americans would struggle to come up with $2,000 at a pinch.

6)  ... individuals, self-reliant, resourceful, generous folks who can be counted on at a pinch.

7)  It's best to get containers made for long-term storage, but at a pinch, you can use almost any container: soda bottles, milk jugs ...

8)  Ditch the pasta, go with sweet potatoes, or regular potatoes at a pinch.

9)  ... bit of finely ground Habanera pepper powder (or use black pepper powder at a pinch).

10)  Frying gives cooks numerous ways of concealing what appeared the day before and at a pinch facilitates sudden demands ...

11)  If I've planned ahead, I'll have cheese curds, but at a pinch I'll use whatever cheese I have on hand, cut into little cubes.

12)  ... store that I can walk into for help. I only use Amazon at a pinch, and I never shop at Walmart.

13)  ... from a payday loan company. While these types of loans are helpful at a pinch, there are a lot of things someone should really consider before ever taking out ...

14)  Thanks, Findagrave, for coming through for us at a pinch.

15)  ... rather like having to use a dime to screw in a screw. At a pinch, I have to use what I have.

16)  ... to get a Dell XPS 12. Solid ultrabook that I can use at a pinch as a tablet.

17)  Famous Key West Lime Juice makes a pretty good substitute when you're at a pinch for fresh key limes.

18)  ... and swap tips, like how, at a pinch, you can use a mic clip as a clasp to secure your ponytail.

19)  ... but you could certainly get away with using reduced fat milk at a pinch.

20)  A colleague of mine was asked, at a pinch, to help out her department because they needed someone to teach.