beyond (one's) means

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beyond (one's) means

Exceeding one's available finances. If you keep living beyond your means, you'll deplete your bank account before you know it. Unfortunately, I can't go on the trip anymore—it's just beyond my means these days.
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beyond one's means

more than one can afford. I'm sorry, but this house is beyond our means. Please show us a cheaper one. They feel that a Caribbean cruise is beyond their means.
See also: beyond, mean

beyond one's means

Too costly for one, more than one can afford. For example, A second vacation this year is well beyond our means. The noun means here signifies "resources at one's disposal," a usage current since Shakespeare's time, as in Measure for Measure (2:2): "Let her have needful, but not lavish means." [Late 1800s]
See also: beyond, mean
References in classic literature ?
Having condoled with us on our loss and destitute position, she added that my father had been to blame for everything, in that he had lived beyond his means, and taken upon himself more than he was able to perform.
William had wanted to buy her a gold chain too, but the purchase had been beyond his means, and therefore not to wear the cross might be mortifying him.
Even after this he continued, with an astonishing lack of good taste, to live extravagantly and beyond his means (again in disregard of his own precepts), so that Prince Charles observed that he 'scorned to go out in a snuff.' He died in
"Well, he seemed to think they were beyond his means," laughed Dorian.
Regional Board Meeting was held at NAB Karachi today in which inquiry converted into investigation against Sharjeel Memon on the allegation of assets beyond his means recommended and sent for approval of NAB HQ Islamabad.
According to the bureau, Durrani allegedly misused his powers and accumulated assets beyond his means, allegedly causing a loss of more than Rs1 billion to the national kitty.
LAHORE -- The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore on Monday filed another reference against former principal secretary to the prime minister Fawad Hassan Fawad in the accountability court for holding assets beyond his means.
Shehbaz Sharif has also to face pending inquiries about Ramzan Sugar Mills and the assets beyond his means of income.
LAHORE -- The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) submitted an application in court on Saturday to allow them to interrogate former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif, in the assets beyond his means case, while he was in custody.
LAHORE -- The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Saturday said they have initiated a probe against former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif for owning assets beyond his means.
The supplementary reference was filed in a corruption case against Dar in which the former finance minister has been accused of holding assets beyond his means.
The supplementary reference was filed in a corruption case against Dar in which the former finance minister has been accused of holding assets beyond his means. The reference was filed in light of new evidence discovered during NAB's investigation of the case.
CAMERAMAN accused of fraud has admitted he was "robbing Peter to pay Paul" after living beyond his means and having two new Aga cookers installed in his home.
Crime, politics and corruption collide as multiple storylines come together and violence ensues as JW - a man living beyond his means as he tries to romance an heiress - finds himself caught up in a brutal world.
Stories were spread that he had been living beyond his means as a customs officer, and must therefore have been receiving favours.