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 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.
See also: beyond, live, mean

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 ?
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.
He said that this would enable them keep an eye on their surroundings and watch for the people living beyond their means.
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.
ONS bosses said their findings support "previous analysis suggesting some households may be 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.
It was feeding off young borrowers living beyond their means. Effective immediately, the People's Bank of China and its regional branches must stop licensing any new online microloan lenders, while offline bricks-and-mortar lenders must be constrained to operating within their registered locations, according to the order, a copy of which was obtained by the South China Morning Post.
| They are overspending or living beyond their means or they always seem to have the latest must-have items despite not having the income.
| They are living beyond their means or overspending - they always seem to have the latest must-have items although they don't have the matching income.
GoBanking said that people living beyond their means is one likely reason for the downward trend in savings.
Now they feel sorry for themselves, losing the tax credits upon which they had come to rely, while Osborne, their chosen favourite, lectures them about living beyond their means.
(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.
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.
Mr Putin said: "They (the US) are living beyond their means and shifting a part of the weight of their problems to the world economy.