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〜てはいられない・〜てばかりはいられない
tehairarenai / tebakarihairarenai
JLPT N1 Author: 誠
Meaning
can't / can't afford 〜(doing something)
we can't be relaxing like this drinking tea
Phrases
Because exam is just around the corner, I can't (afford to) be fooling around.
#5855 Author: 誠

Since the customers will be coming in no time and it will be a hard time, we can't just relaxing around drinking tea.
#5856 Author: 誠

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