afraid to say

idiom
variants: or sorry to say or regret to say
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of afraid to say

used as a way of expressing one's disappointment, regret, or sorrow
  • Most of us worked very hard, but she, I'm afraid to say, did no work at all.

Word by Word Definitions

afraid play
  1. : filled with fear or apprehension

  2. : filled with concern or regret over an unwanted situation

  3. : having a dislike for something

say play
  1. : to express in words : state

  2. : to state as opinion or belief : declare

  3. : utter, pronounce

  1. : something that is said : statement

  2. : an expression of opinion

  3. : a right or power to influence action or decision

  1. : about, approximately

  2. : for example : as


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