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feel pinched

To be or feel constrained by recent financial hardship. We've been feeling pinched since my wife's restaurant closed down. I've had to take on a second job just to make ends meet. Many families are going to feel pinched if this new tax is passed.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

feel pinched

 and feel the pinch
Fig. experiencing hardship because of having too little money. The Smiths used to go abroad every year, but now that he's retired, they're really feeling pinched. You're bound to feel the pinch a little when you're a student.
See also: feel, pinch
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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If millions of people across Britain are feeling pinched yet again they will worry how a true rates spike would hurt.
On a wider note, the number of refining joint ventures and merger and acquisition activity along the New Silk Road are expected to increase, as operators feeling pinched by the 12-year low oil price seek out financial buffers with new and better-endowed partners.
The agriculture ministry said in a statement on its website that the case was isolated to a farm in the northeastern region of Ardennes, where livestock farmers are already feeling pinched by low demand for beef exports.
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The provincial government's aviation fuel tax hike will jack up the cost of moving people and goods to and from remote and impoverished First Nation communities, said Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy "Remote communities in the North are already feeling pinched by the economy and the high costs of goods and services." said Bearcly in a July 24 release.
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Taiwanese businessmen in China have been feeling pinched in China in recent years so are relocating to Southeast Asia again.
But Americans are already feeling pinched by high unemployment and slow wage growth.
A new policy aims to do just that -- but now, Hungary's best and brightest are feeling pinched by an increasingly demanding government.
At a time when families across Britain are feeling pinched - and often punished - by cuts and a rising cost of living, the public are right to demand proof that people in government are not exploiting loopholes and escaping a fair share of the burden.
If you love sailing and own a sailboat but are feeling pinched financially or miss sailing with others, you could offer an "experience" for sale via Vayable.
Also, one question regarding your three percent across the board tax hike proposal: Don't you think the middle and working classes are already feeling pinched enough?