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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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THErE are few among us who have not been feeling the pinch in these straitened times.
"By introducing a bag charge, Wales becomes the first country in the UK to impose extra charges on shoppers at a time when they're already feeling the pinch. This will especially hit low-income families."
It might only cost pennies, but it could still add up to a big saving for shops feeling the pinch.
Even entrenched socialists must be feeling the pinch, the latest plans to tax us all off the road being the last straw.
Tesco, the country's largest retailer, is to reduce the price of 3,000 items by up to 50 per cent from Monday in an attempt to hold onto customers feeling the pinch from record petrol prices and rising energy bills.
Many pensioners may be feeling the pinch because they don't claim pension credits, says research from Unbiased.co.uk, which says pounds 2 billion of pension credits might remain unclaimed in 2007.
Last week's four-day golfing feast at Hoylake cost bookmakers a seven-figure sum, Ladbrokes feeling the pinch more than most after offering Woods at an industry-best, pre-tournament 6-1.
Or if your wallets feeling the pinch after the holiday season, opt for the Skruvsta swivel armchair in Blombacka orange I a bargain at just pounds 59.90 from Ikea (0845 355 1141, www.ikea.co.uk)
However, the province was slow to react when Northern Ontario tourism operators were feeling the pinch following the cancellation of the spring bear hunt, Tygesson says.