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    at a pinch

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Marjorie Ferrar was, indeed, of those who can a;ways get money at a pinch.

    at a pinch = in a pinch = in an emergency, when hard-pressed

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: at a pinch

    [ Not A Teacher ]

    At a pinch UK (US in a pinch)
    means "Something that you can do at a pinch can be done if it is really necessary, but it will be difficult, not perfect, or not what you would really like".

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    Re: at a pinch

    at a pinch = in a pinch = if it comes to the pinch

    At a pinch you can do without baccy, but never water .

    Now the first thing a housekeeper has to settle is what things are wanted most, and what things can be done without at a pinch.

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