ill afford

idiom

: 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.

Examples of ill afford in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, China’s economy can ill afford any additional negative pressure, even at the margin. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Those are readers the paper can ill afford to alienate. Jason McGahan, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Jan. 2024 On the day it was signed in late May, President Biden and leaders around Europe threatened sanctions that Uganda, which has an economy that lags in size behind those of Libya and Sudan, can ill afford. David Segal, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023 Iranian authorities may not fully comprehend that Trump can ill afford to look weak before his base, especially during an election year. Puneet Talwar, Foreign Affairs, 29 June 2020 With time ticking, Trump rivals can ill afford a prolonged legal skirmish that consumes what little attention is paid the contest over the coming holiday break. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2023 China, after all, can ill afford the loss of any business. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 The Aztecs can ill afford stumbling against a winless opponent. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Oct. 2023 And of course, while small owners like me can ill afford the damages, the big landlords have even more to lose. Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, 4 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Ill afford.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ill%20afford. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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