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Difference between Feel a draft and Feel the draft

feel a draft—(U.S. sl.) have the sensation that one is not welcome in a place:

  • Have you ever felt a draft? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt uncomfortable because you are white?

feel the draft—(UK coll.)

1. suffer from worsened circumstances:

  • When the wind changed it might be the Conservative Party which would be feeling the draft.

2. experience financial difficulties:

  • With only so much national advertising to go round, the oldest commercial stations are feeling the draft as well.