where the shoe pinches

where the shoe pinches

Where trouble or stress originates. I hate to say it, but I think this new project is where the shoe pinches—it's just taking too much of our time with too little payoff.
See also: pinch, shoe

where the shoe pinches

where your difficulty or trouble is.
See also: pinch, shoe
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We never know where the shoe pinches unless you wear it.
Mark Pearl, clearly understands where the shoe pinches, literally.
That is where the shoe pinches, and the cost will be prohibitive.
While bureaucracy can and should be a hive of intellectual activity on what is not being done, what needs to be done, or what needs to be done better, there are lots of busy public bees to tell them exactly where the shoe pinches.
answered: "Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.
The EU can now either change tactics or accept that it has been made public and that the Canadian authorities now know where the shoe pinches.
I owe it to myself and the people of India to show where the shoe pinches.
Scarcely 100 statements of the machine-builders highlight where the shoe pinches and which improvements and innovations are expected.
After all, it is not only the opposition parties that can claim to know where the shoe pinches.
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