(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. stress, strain, pressure, emergency, difficulty, plight, predicament; pinching, nip; slang, arrest. See circumstance, restraint. —v. nip, compress, tighten, squeeze; chill, bite, hurt. See contraction, pain.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. squeeze, compression, nip, nipping, grasp, grasping, pressure, cramp, contraction, confinement, limitation, hurt, torment.
1. [To squeeze]
Syn. nip, crimp, cramp, tweak, compress, press, grasp.
2. [*To steal]
Syn. take, filch, rob; see steal .
3. [*To arrest]
Syn. apprehend, detain, hold; see arrest 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
1. tweak squeeze, nip, grasp, clamp, cramp, twinge.
2. tiny amount *smidgen, *tad, touch, bit.
3. emergency crisis, plight, predicament, exigency, jam, pickle.
1. squeeze compress, clamp, crush, tweak, nip, grasp, cramp, crimp.
2. Sl. arrest nab, *collar, catch, apprehend, *bust.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To be severely sparing in order to economize: scrape, scrimp, skimp, stint. Idioms: pinch pennies, tighten (one's) belt. See SAVE. 2. Slang. To take (another's property) without permission: filch, pilfer, purloin, snatch, steal, thieve. Informal: lift, swipe. Slang: cop, heist, hook, nip1, rip off, snitch. Idiom: make (or walk) off with. See CRIMES, GIVE. 3. Slang. To take into custody as a prisoner: apprehend, arrest, seize. Informal: nab, pick up. Slang: bust, collar, run m. See LAW. II noun Slang. A seizing and holding by law: apprehension, arrest, seizure. Slang: bust, collar, pickup. See LAW.

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