feel the pinch

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of feel the pinch

:to experience the problems caused by not having enough money or by paying higher costs
  • We are starting to feel the pinch of high fuel costs.

Word by Word Definitions

feel play
  1. : to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality

  2. : to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles)

  3. : to undergo passive experience of

  1. : sensation, feeling

  2. : the sense of touch

  3. : the quality of a thing as imparted through or as if through touch

pinch play
  1. : to squeeze between the finger and thumb or between the jaws of an instrument

  2. : to prune the tip of (a plant or shoot) usually to induce branching

  3. : to squeeze or compress painfully

  1. : a critical juncture : emergency

  2. : pressure, stress

  3. : hardship, privation

  1. : substitute

  2. : hit by a pinch hitter


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