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The whole sentence reads

これ以上 シャレてる時間はない

which is from the lyrics of this anime song.

which, according to this website, means

There's no more time to be fooling around

I understand the first three lines, and the English translation seems to be literal.

I know that これ means "this". According to JGram, 以上 means "as long as", i.e., as long as you are a student 学生である以上は, etc. However, I'm not sure what これ以上 means and whether the これ is the same one that means "this". I think シャレてる時間はない already means "there's no more time to be fooling around".

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here is over 100 simple examples: ( jisho.org/sentences?jap=これ以上&eng= ) copy and paste what is btwn parentheses –  yadokari Mar 15 '13 at 17:02
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これ by itself means this and これ以上, then means beyond this or more than this. これ以上+neg. means, then, no more than this.

You could expand the above sentence to

この時間以上(は)シャレてる時間はない。

I don't have time (to fool around), beyond the time I have spent already fooling around.

Just to give another example:

これ以上はできない。

I can't do any more. (lit. I can't do more than this.)

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So Rikai-chan says that 以上 means: (n-adv,n-t) not less than; ... and more; ... and upwards; beyond ... (e.g. one's means); further (e.g. nothing further to say); more than ... (e.g. cannot pay more than that); (P)

So it seems it's emphasizing that: beyond this point, there's no more time to fool around.

It seems to be more likely to be in sentence with verbs that are in negative conjugation as well.

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Just to add to what has already been said, minna no nihongo, chuukyu 1, chapter 3, translates これ以上 as "any longer".

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