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feel the pinch

To be or feel constrained by recent financial hardship. We've been feeling the pinch 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 the pinch if this new tax is passed.
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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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feel the pinch

COMMON If a person or organization feels the pinch, they do not have as much money as they used to have, and so they cannot buy the things they would like to buy. Poor households were still feeling the pinch and VAT on fuel made matters worse. Economic problems are mounting to the point where ordinary voters are beginning to feel the pinch.
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feel the pinch

experience hardship, especially financial.
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feel the ˈpinch

(informal) be under pressure because you do not have as much money as you had before: Schools all over the country are beginning to feel the pinch after the government cut back its spending on education.
If you feel a pinch from a shoe, it hurts your foot because it is too tight.
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Even entrenched socialists must be feeling the pinch, the latest plans to tax us all off the road being the last straw.
This is costing motorists dearly and with the cost of living increasing, everyone is feeling the pinch.
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Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive, said: "Times are tough and the motor industry is feeling the pinch.
Ramos, who is taking 14 credit hours and doesn't work, says his parents are feeling the pinch.
Cutting back on costs is an important factor for the lumber industry, she adds, which is feeling the pinch in its pocket books with the ongoing softwood lumber dispute.
But that can't last, and insurers are feeling the pinch of meager investment-income growth.
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Others, feeling the pinch from escalating taxes, water and sewer rates, are deciding on whether to leave the City for Westchester or other boroughs.