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 ?
Nice houses in nice localities will probably be away beyond our means.
You have shown me that the legal remedy lies, in every sense of the word, beyond our means.
The fact that we are living way beyond our means (economically and ecologically) is the root cause of fast deteriorating global economic health.
Imposing a supertax above a certain amount would be a very effective way of convincing them they are living beyond our means.
Then maybe he would think twice before declaring that we are living beyond our means as a country.
I suppose in this country of course that is beyond our means.
Parr said: "In the past two or three years we were spending beyond our means.
If we had to sign both of them, it is maybe beyond our means.
But, in this instance, Luke's agent informed us in the correct manner of Wakefield's offer for his services which, frankly, was way beyond our means for a first-year professional.
I'm sympathetic, but we're close to living beyond our means," said Canon Robert Falby of Toronto.
We understand we have a wish list way beyond our means,'' said Councilman Bob Kellar.
Here are some representative comments: "This is an issue of living beyond our means.
With gasoline prices and global warming, society is finally realizing we are living beyond our means.
I see and hear we are now living beyond our means as far as energy is concerned, and the mainstay of hope is atomic power.
We've got to win our last four games now to make certain of the play- offs and it's not beyond our means," said Kamara.