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Feel The Pinch

The phrase 'feel the pinch' is used to say when a person or company isn’t doing financially so well.

Example in use: "The world economic issues have increased to the point where even the middle-class families are beginning to feel the pinch."

Interesting fact about Feel The Pinch

This phrase is from the mid 1800. Perhaps this phrase refers to the pinch that small children feel when they walk with small shoes because their parents cannot afford to buy them new ones.