afraid to say


variants or sorry to say or regret 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.

Examples of afraid to say in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tom Selleck prefers to stay off the grid, and isn't afraid to say so. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 18 Apr. 2024 Our moms shouldn’t have to beg for their lives, and Rachel Hardeman isn’t afraid to say so. Rachel Hardeman, TIME, 17 Apr. 2024 Don’t be afraid to say yes to unfamiliar experiences offered to you. Susan Johnston, Rolling Stone, 19 Mar. 2024 Today’s hosts are, frankly, afraid to say anything bad at all on network TV. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2024 Don't be afraid to say no when necessary, and focus on getting done what really matters to you. Luciana Paulise, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Helen Molesworth is not afraid to say what’s on her mind. Grace Edquist, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2023 One Palestinian American couple described their conversation with a Democratic senator who seemed sympathetic but too afraid to say so publicly. Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 But not all of it is worth continuing, and my generation isn't afraid to say that! Betsy Cribb Watson, Southern Living, 4 Oct. 2023

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“Afraid to say.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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