(I'm) (a)fraid so

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(I'm) (a)fraid so

A response used to politely answer a question in the affirmative when the speaker regrets that this is the case. When the phrase is abbreviated to "'fraid so," an apostrophe is sometimes used in place of the missing letter. A: "Are you really moving all the way across the country?" B: "I'm afraid so." A: "Are you going to be working late again tonight?" B: "'Fraid so."

(I'm) afraid so.

 and 'Fraid so.
I believe, regrettably, that the answer is yes. (The apostrophe is not always shown.) Alice: Do you have to go? John: Afraid so. Rachel: Can I expect some difficulty with Mr. Franklin? Bob: I'm afraid so.
See also: afraid
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Yep, 'fraid so," I reluctantly admit, only wishing I had an encouraging twinge or three to report.
Fraid so, Tony, and not all of us of a certain age feel comfortable about the difference.
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Fraid so because we now have to play Germany in that crucial Euro 2004 qualifying match at Hampden and there is still little sign of intelligent life about our lot.
Fraid so but he has a good excuse - he's baby-sitting.