Definition of feel the pinch in English:

feel the pinch

phrase

  • Experience hardship, especially financial.

    ‘staff were beginning to feel the pinch as the dispute entered its third week’
    • ‘The automotive industry, and the housing industry are both beginning to feel the pinch.’
    • ‘Consumers, though they may have felt the pinch from tightening bank lending standards, show little signs of slowing down.’
    • ‘Both men are septuagenarians who have felt the pinch of ageism in a business that often dismisses extensive experience and talent as irrelevant.’
    • ‘Over the next three years, dozens of exploration companies were forced to close and the Texas banks which supported the industry felt the pinch.’
    • ‘They have all felt the pinch of our economic hard times as a crushing burden they were unfamiliar with until the last two-three years.’
    • ‘Farmers living in this community have felt the pinch in recent times with the dispute at the Department of Agriculture greatly affecting their livelihoods and putting them under severe pressure.’
    • ‘The position of the Coptic communities is becoming more insecure and they are the first to feel the pinch of hardship.’
    • ‘Though obviously a different prospect to a large hotel and dependent of passing trade rather than the tour buses or large bookings, many guest houses around Kerry are also beginning to feel the pinch.’
    • ‘Landlords and shopkeepers whose premises line the ancient square beneath Holy Trinity Church have all felt the pinch since the market disappeared, and even had to repackage the area as a tourist attraction.’
    • ‘While it has not been directly involved in the bursting of the technology bubble, Ramsay admits the company has felt the pinch with more companies chasing the same contracts and smaller margins available on each contract.’
    suffer hardship, have less money, be short of money, be poor, be impoverished, suffer poverty, suffer adversity
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