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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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But none of this helps the Democrats, because the typical household still feels pinched and insecure."
Although insightfulness and learning are plentiful, what makes this quintessential poetry of the highest order is the supreme balance between naturalness of voice, rigorous form, anda lean, muscular concentration that never feels pinched. One feels that every stressed syllable in this collection is of indispensable import to the poem of which it is a part.
They consistently butt up against what I expect to hear with enough regularity that this reader feels pinched and pushed from beginning to end.