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 ?
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.
Anew report shows people in our region are continuing to live beyond their means.
He urged upon the youth to be a custodian of their homes by not letting their parents to live beyond their means. This, when practiced religiously, will eliminate the very reason of corruption.
Members of the Shahbaz family face multiple accountability cases pertaining to alleged ownership of assets beyond their means and alleged involvement in corrupt practices.
But it comes with the risk of the English Football League's 12-point penalty for clubs that experience an "insolvency event" - a measure designed to prevent clubs from gaining an unfair advantage by living beyond their means.
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 two officers have made assets beyond their means of income.
(Don't say shoes.) Anne Robinson, who's worth a few bob herself, talks to people about what they buy, from someone on benefits who's living beyond their means to others who, despite being super-rich, are tighter than a boyband's jeans.
Real Estate Alliance chief Philip Farrell added couples are finding that "raising an [euro]80,000 deposit for a [euro]400,000 home is simply beyond their means".
FFP, designed to stop football clubs spending beyond their means and running up huge losses, has been in place for two years but without any sanctions.
usually the taxpayer who is prudent and does not live 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.
Yesterday Hills, who is now divorced from Watson, admitted the couple had been "living beyond their means".