ill afford

Definition of ill afford

  1. :  to be unable to afford :  to be unable to do (something) without having problems or being seriously harmed She bought a new car, which she could ill afford. We can ill afford more bad publicity.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  immoral, vicious

    :  resulting from, accompanied by, or indicative of an evil or malevolent intention

    :  attributing evil or an objectionable quality

  1. :  with displeasure or hostility

    :  in a harsh manner

    :  so as to reflect unfavorably

  1. :  the reverse of good :  evil

    :  misfortune, distress

    :  ailment, sickness

  1. : illustrated; illustration; illustrator

affordplay
  1. :  to manage to bear without serious detriment

    :  to be able to bear the cost of

    :  to make available, give forth, or provide naturally or inevitably


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