Definition of 'cannot'
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These are strong warnings and the government cannot afford to ignore them. Times, Sunday Times (2016)In the referendum people who usually cannot be bothered decided that they could be bothered. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You will see that one cannot have chosen better. Times, Sunday Times (2016)She still cannot mention where she lives or who she is with. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Prices are fixed by the government and cannot be raised above a certain limit. The Sun (2016)But what would be the downside if people with asthma cannot compete? Times, Sunday Times (2016)It is here on our own streets and it is one we cannot afford to lose. The Sun (2016)Our source said: 'We cannot afford to drop our guard. The Sun (2016)He wrote: 'I cannot wait to lay in it when the time comes. The Sun (2016)He said: 'We cannot get ahead of ourselves. The Sun (2016)The obsessive person usually despises these thoughts and rejects them intellectually but still cannot escape them. POSITIVELY FEARLESS: Breaking free of the fears that hold you back (2001)It gets no government funding and cannot employ locals. Times, Sunday Times (2014)You cannot afford one or two days when you are not totally focused. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Who wants to work for people you cannot trust? Times, Sunday Times (2011)He cannot stay still for a minute. Times, Sunday Times (2008) Governments cannot really change very much in most civilian lives. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Please note that one chairman cannot win more than two weekly prizes. The Sun (2010)We cannot make other people do right. Christianity Today (2000) One cannot hide a paunch under a polo neck. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Other people cannot be expected to read your mind. POSITIVE THINKING: Everything you have always known about positive thinking but were afraid to put into practice (2001)The government cannot afford any more scandals from any of its business partners if it is to pursue this agenda. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Surely the fact that one cannot give that assurance in respect of any finite description constitutes a limit to language? Philosophy at the Limit (1990)The government cannot afford more embarrassment. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But government cannot do it alone. English Conservatism since the Restoration: An introduction and anthology (1990)If you are having trouble taking the plunge, remember that relationships cannot stand still. Times, Sunday Times (2006)She has previously said: 'I cannot ride a bicycle. Times, Sunday Times (2010)He said: 'I cannot talk about that. The Sun (2009)But we still cannot fancy them to get anything from their trip to the Liberty Stadium tomorrow. The Sun (2014)
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