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.
See also: beyond, mean
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Nice houses in nice localities will probably be away beyond our means. We'll likely have to content ourselves with a shabby little place on some street whereon live people whom to know is to be unknown, and make life inside compensate for the outside."
You have shown me that the legal remedy lies, in every sense of the word, beyond our means. We cannot produce the law proof, and we are not rich enough to pay the law expenses.
And yet the dangers of living beyond our means are apparent.
All I can say to MPs is that we are living beyond our means, you are a good example of people living beyond their means as anybody in our economy and we simply got to cut costs.
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.
Mr Cameron stressed that he and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg were not making cuts out of "ideological zeal" but because the country had been "living seriously beyond our means".
So it was appropriate I suppose that the 1980s theme of the week went full circle when Brian Lenihan told us on Thursday that as a nation "we are living beyond our means".
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.
Here are some representative comments: "This is an issue of living beyond our means. The solution is hard to accept, but real simple in practice.
BEYOND OUR MEANS. While they aren't of much value as analyses, these books are extremely useful as artifacts for the amateur anthropologist: cave drawings by the elite.