afraid to say

variants: or

sorry to say


regret to say

Definition of afraid to say

  1. —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

  1. :  filled with fear or apprehension

    :  filled with concern or regret over an unwanted situation

    :  having a dislike for something

  1. :  to express in words :  state

    :  to state as opinion or belief :  declare

    :  utter, pronounce

  1. :  something that is said :  statement

    :  an expression of opinion

    :  a right or power to influence action or decision

  1. :  about, approximately

    :  for example :  as

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a brief usually trivial fact

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