live beyond one's means
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British pronunciation/lˈaɪv bɪjˌɒnd wˈɒnz mˈiːnz/
American pronunciation/lˈaɪv bɪjˌɑːnd wˈʌnz mˈiːnz/
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to spend in a way that exceeds one's income

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to [live] beyond {one's} means definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "live beyond one's means" and when to use it?

The origin of the phrase "live beyond one's means" is not specific, but it is a reflection of the idea that individuals should only spend as much as they can afford, based on their income and resources. This idiom is used to describe a lifestyle where a person spends more money than their income can comfortably support, leading to financial difficulties or debt.

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She often used credit cards for unnecessary shopping, which resulted in living beyond her means and accumulating debt.
Despite having a modest salary, he tried to maintain a lavish lifestyle, living beyond his means and neglecting to save for the future.
They were living beyond their means.
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