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.

Examples of feel the pinch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the Fed Chair also noted that many Americans continue to feel the pinch of still-high grocery prices and inflated rents. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 4 Feb. 2024 Farmers who are inching closer to the middle class often feel the pinch of stagnating incomes most sharply. Suhasini Raj, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 After a double-whammy strike year that shuttered production for more than six months, moviegoers will feel the pinch next summer with a thinner-than-planned slate of big-budget sequels and superheroes. Joe Otterson, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 If House and Senate leaders can't reach a deal on a spending bill by midnight Saturday, American families will really feel the pinch. Danielle Marie Holland, Parents, 27 Sep. 2023 Social Security recipients could be among the first to feel the pinch if President Joe Biden and House Republicans fail to reach a deal on increasing the debt ceiling. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 26 Jan. 2023 Its rear seat is less spacious than its rivals', and adult passengers will feel the pinch. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 25 Aug. 2023 Although the price of a box of pasta may be relatively low, the economic context in Italy means families may still feel the pinch of the increase for such a popular product. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 11 May 2023 Food prices affect different households differently: Some people feel the pinch and others remain unaffected because of their wealth. Josie Goodrich, USA TODAY, 7 July 2023

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“Feel the pinch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feel%20the%20pinch. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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