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feel the pinch

to experience the effect of having less money Consumers have felt the pinch of higher gasoline prices.
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feel the pinch

to have problems with money because you are earning less than before When my father lost his job and we had to live on my mother's earnings, we really started to feel the pinch.
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feel the pinch

Be affected by hardship, especially straitened finances. For example, This job pays much less, so we're bound to feel the pinch. [Mid-1800s]
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He said: "Interest rate rises are impacting all mortgage holders, but it is the First Time Buyers and those who have traded up in last few years who will really feel the pinch.
The motorist will feel the pinch at the pump, the rural motorist will be pinched even harder and Gordon Brown will be laughing all the way to the bank.
It's the smaller building owners that may feel the pinch at first.
Part-time employees will also feel the pinch - they will no longer be paid benefits.
However, if that minimum rate was increased to pounds 4 an hour, just over 35 per cent of all businesses fear they would feel the pinch - with the retail sector claiming that they would be hardest hit.
We all feel the pinch at the pump; we are all looking for ways to conserve gas to lower our expenses.
MOTORISTS will feel the pinch next month with petrol and diesel prices set to rise again.
Spin-off businesses including retailers, construction companies and hotels are beginning to feel the pinch, but it is nothing compared to what could happen in two years, Kuch says.
Drivers feel the pinch of a street construction project on Mulholland Drive near Calabasas Road in Woodland Hills.