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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 at a convenience store 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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