Definition of feel the pinch in English:

feel the pinch


  • Experience hardship, especially financial.

    ‘staff were beginning to feel the pinch as the dispute entered its third week’
    • ‘Both men are septuagenarians who have felt the pinch of ageism in a business that often dismisses extensive experience and talent as irrelevant.’
    • ‘Consumers, though they may have felt the pinch from tightening bank lending standards, show little signs of slowing down.’
    • ‘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 automotive industry, and the housing industry are both beginning to feel the pinch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over the next three years, dozens of exploration companies were forced to close and the Texas banks which supported the industry felt the pinch.’
    • ‘The position of the Coptic communities is becoming more insecure and they are the first to feel the pinch of hardship.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    suffer hardship, have less money, be short of money, be poor, be impoverished, suffer poverty, suffer adversity
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