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feel the pinch

Meaning: If you are feeling the pinch, you're finding it harder to survive on your income.

For example:

  • Since the price of oil went up, lots of businesses have been feeling the pinch.

  • Inflation has been pretty bad recently, so we've all been feeling the pinch.

Quick Quiz:

Most people have been feeling the pinch because of
  1. falling prices
  2. steady prices
  3. rising prices

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