(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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'Fraid so. And although a nuclear war with North Korea at this point wouldn't even muss America's hair -- the few North Korean ICBMs would probably go astray or be shot down before they reached the US -- it could kill many millions of Koreans on both sides of the border.
'Fraid so. But they're not the only ones desperate for a cheap and cheerful tan - in second place is the North West and third is the East of England (we blame TOWIE).
'Fraid so, Tony, and not all of us of a certain age feel comfortable about the difference.
'Fraid so. While Todd might be a mummy's boy, Eileen is furious when she walks in on him trying to kiss Marcus and accuses him of threatening his relationship with Maria.
'Fraid so GARETH'S WORLD FALLS APART River City BBC1 Gareth's troubles are getting bigger and bigger this week, as Nicole finds out something about his past that he'd have rather kept secret.
'Fraid so. Couldn't pass water, and probably knew he couldn't hack it in the Premiership when a 45-year-old linesman would overtake him on the field.
'Fraid so. Ordinarily, books such as this would have been partly written in advance of the Games and published immediately after the British success; it is indeed a surprise that it has taken so long for such a great story to make it to the bookshelves.
'FRAID so. Feel angry with your ex for not helping you financially if you want, but it's not up to your children to give you any money.
"Yep, 'fraid so," I reluctantly admit, only wishing I had an encouraging twinge or three to report.
'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. After she abandoned her own daughter Amy as a toddler and almost killed both of Andy's children, he takes a hardline and gives his ex-girlfriend an ultimatum.
'Fraid so. But far from seeing him as a sad Daily Star columnist, surrounded by bimbos, and recycling his band to pay off his tax bill, Wilson sees Ryder as a literary genius up there with the classical greats.
'Fraid so. It was a No 4 hit for Mark Wynter in October 1962 (Pye 7N 15466).
'Fraid so. The footing may have slipped, but the grin didn't.