How to sign pinch in American Sign Language

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Sign Instructions:

Begin with your non-dominant hand placed in front of you with your palm oriented down. Bring your dominant hand down and pinch the back of your non-dominant hand with your thumb and index fingers.


Example Video

Tutorial Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of pinch

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of pinch

End of Sign

Final Frame of pinch

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for pinch
Bring your thumb towards the tips of your fingers as if pinching, with the other fingers curled into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for pinch
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

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