pinch (v.) Old form(s): pinch'd
torment, pain, torture
1H4 I.iii.226[Hotspur to Northumberland and Worcester] All studies here I solemnly defy, / Save how to gall and pinch this Bolingbroke
2H4 I.ii.233[Falstaff to himself, of young limbs and lechery] the gout galls the one, and the pox pinches the other
2H4 IV.v.30[Prince Henry to himself, as if to majesty] When thou dost pinch thy bearer
H8 II.iii.1[Anne to Old Lady] Here's the pang that pinches
Tem V.i.276.2[Caliban to all] I shall be pinched to death
Tem V.i.74[Prospero to charmed Sebastian, of Sebastian's wickedness] Thou art pinched for't now
TNK V.iii.133[Theseus to all] For the subdued, / Give them our present justice, since I know / Their lives but pinch 'em [i.e. they would be shamed to go on living]
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