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English definition of “cannot afford”

cannot afford

(formal can ill afford)
C2 If you cannot afford to do something, you must not do it because it would cause serious problems for you: We can't afford to make any mistakes at this stage in the project. He can ill afford to fail any of his exams.Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of cannot afford from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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