The tiny mountainous island of Montserrat is known as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean. Montserrat is the only country outside of Ireland where St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday. This week-long St. Patrick’s Festival started in 1985. March 17th marks the observance of a failed slave revolt in 1768. Visitors to Montserrat receive a shamrock shaped stamp in their passports.
Hello and welcome to episode 64…of… An Idiom a Day
I’m Gina Johnson and the idiom of the day …is… feel the pinch
Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip. ~John Locke
feel the pinch … if a person or company is feeling the pinch… they are experiencing financial difficulties or a financial hardship …they do not have as much money as they used to…so they cannot buy the things that they would like to buy due to less income or higher costs
We are starting to have financial difficulties since your father lost his job last month.
Here is the same sentence using the idiom… feel the pinch
We’re starting to feel the pinch since your father lost his job last month.
Here are a few more sentences using the idiom … feel the pinch
Construction continues to feel the pinch since the previous economic crisis.
Families aren’t eating out as much, and restaurants are feeling the pinch.
Gas prices are down, and my budget is no longer feeling the pinch.
pinch is used as a noun in the idiom …feel the pinch
a pinch is when someone takes a piece of your skin between their thumb and first finger and give it a short squeeze… sometimes this may hurt.
When I give my grandson a pinch on his cheek … that does not hurt
But…the pinches that I gave to my son and daughter when they were young and misbehaving…now those pinches…they hurt
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