do without

do without

  1. (usually transitive) To manage despite the lack of.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 23:
      He liked Tom all right... Sampson and Bullock he could do without, however. Especially Sampson, who was too much of a grammar-school-type swot ever to be quite the thing.
    If you are prepared to do without a break in the summer, we could have a really good skiing holiday in winter.
    During the Great Depression, she learned to do without.
    I could do without the sarcasm.
  2. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see do, without
  • French: se passer de
  • Italian: fare a meno
  • Russian: обходи́ться
  • Spanish: apañarse, arreglárselas, ingeniárselas

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