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feel the draught

To be in a situation in which one does not have much money. Steve is feeling the draught right now and wants to know if we can go out next week instead, after he gets paid. If I get laid off, I know it won't be long before I feel the draught.
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on draft

Drawn or served from a large container, especially a keg, as opposed to individual bottles or containers. (Spelled "on draught" in British English.) We have a wide range of craft beers on draft, including some from our own in-house microbrewery.
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on draft

Drawn from a large container, such as a keg (as opposed to bottles). For example, We much prefer the taste of beer on draft. [Mid-1800s]
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feel the draught

experience an adverse change in your financial circumstances. informal
1992 Daily Express Redland…felt the draught of George Wimpey's interim profits slide.
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on ˈdraught

(British English) (of beer) taken from a barrel (= a large container): This beer is not available on draught (= it is available only in bottles or cans).
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feel the ˈdraught

(informal) suffer financially as a result of economic, social or political changes around you: Because of the world trade recession, a lot of third world countries are feeling the draught.
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on draft

Drawn from a large container, such as a keg.
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References in classic literature ?
It was in the early morning stillness, when his muscles were swinging to their familiar task and his lungs expanding with long draughts of mountain air, that Ethan did his clearest thinking.
Let me but escape into my laboratory door, give me but a second or two to mix and swallow the draught that I had always standing ready; and whatever he had done, Edward Hyde would pass away like the stain of breath upon a mirror; and there in his stead, quietly at home, trimming the midnight lamp in his study, a man who could afford to laugh at suspicion, would be Henry Jekyll.
This arranged, her ladyship was free to refresh herself with another dose of the red lavender draught, and to sleep the sleep of the just who close their eyes with the composing conviction that they have done their duty.
It is a mere nothing after all; and not the least draught from the stairs.
Put him to bed at once, and give him a cooling draught.
Where nature is mighty, and therefore the victory hard, the degrees had need be, first to stay and arrest nature in time; like to him that would say over the four and twenty letters when he was angry; then to go less in quantity; as if one should, in forbearing wine, come from drinking healths, to a draught at a meal; and lastly, to discontinue altogether.