do without


verb (intr, preposition)

to forgo; manage withoutI can't do without cigarettes
not to require (uncalled-for comments or advice)we can do without your criticisms thank you

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Idioms and Phrases with do without

do without

Manage in spite of being without something. For example, They will just have to do without a vacation this year, or There was no telephone in the cabin, but we soon learned to do without. [Early 1700s]

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