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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.
Translations of “cannot afford”
in Chinese (Traditional) 承擔不起(損失、後果等)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 承担不起(损失、后果等)…
(Definition of cannot afford from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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