ill afford

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ill afford

: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

ill play
  1. : immoral, vicious

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

  3. : attributing evil or an objectionable quality

  1. : with displeasure or hostility

  2. : in a harsh manner

  3. : so as to reflect unfavorably

  1. : the reverse of good : evil

  2. : misfortune, distress

  3. : ailment, sickness

afford play
  1. : to manage to bear without serious detriment

  2. : to be able to bear the cost of

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


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