live beyond (one's) means

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live beyond (one's) means

To spend or owe more money than one is earning or is able to repay. They've been living beyond their means for some time now, but they're too proud to move out of that giant house or give up their expensive cars. Being so poor during college taught me from very early on not to live beyond my means once I got a steady job. If you keep living beyond your means, you'll deplete your bank account before you know it.
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live beyond one's means

to spend more money than one can afford. The Browns are deeply in debt because they are living beyond their means. I keep a budget so that I don't live beyond my means.
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live beyond/within your ˈmeans

live on more/less money than you have or earn: They seemed wealthy but they were living well beyond their means.I find it very hard to live within my means.
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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.
Smiley lived beyond his means his entire adult life, even as those means became more and more substantial.
Scotland's national poet had a secure job taxing people as an exciseman but lived beyond his means.
A probation officer said Hughes lived beyond his means.
When he fell into debt, the estate was passed on to his eldest son Francis Edward Gwyn, but he lived beyond his means and in 1776 Middleton Hall was sold to pay off debts.
A WHEELER dealer who lived beyond his means has been ordered to cough up more than pounds 38,000 obtained from his life of crime.