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]
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References in classic literature ?
Lightwood replies that he was consulted certainly, but could give no opinion which would pay off the Bill of Sale, and therefore violates no confidence in supposing that it came of their living beyond their means.
Then I don't understand,' pursues the Father, 'how even their living beyond their means could bring them to what has been termed a total smash.
It is an odious subject, an offensive subject, a subject that makes me sick, and I--' And with his favourite right-arm flourish which sweeps away everything and settles it for ever, Mr Podsnap sweeps these inconveniently unexplainable wretches who have lived beyond their means and gone to total smash, off the face of the universe.
The NAB had alleged that the accused and his family members had amassed assets beyond their means.
Half of Brits are living beyond their means, a study revealed yesterday, with one in ten spending more than they can afford to appear better off than they are.
David Moyes didn't want to lose him but whatever he wanted was clearly that bit too much, and clubs can get in trouble by living beyond their means and over-extending themselves to commit to deals for players they can't afford.
KEN BATES knows three major banks that will no longer finance football clubs living beyond their means.
REGARDING the Euro crisis, the problem is that many Western countries have been living beyond their means, national income too low, expenditure too high.
ONE in seven Britons is living beyond their means, regularly spending more than they have coming in, a survey indicated today.
4 million living beyond their means, uSwitch says 48% rely on overdrafts, 34% use credit cards, and 19% borrow from friends and family.
ONE in 10 people is living beyond their means, regularly spending more than they earn, according to a new survey.
ONE in 10 people are living beyond their means, a survey showed yesterday.
Although critics claim that the FHA program allows risky buyers to make purchases beyond their means, David Stevens, commissioner of the FHA, is warning that increasing the minimum down payment requirement to 5 percent from 3.
Patrick Harvie said a change of political culture and values was needed to stop people living beyond their means.
Mowbray said: "The real danger is if football clubs are operating on beyond their means.