if it weren't for

if it weren't for somebody/something

the situation would have been different without someone or something If it weren't for him, I would probably be living on the streets. I'd keep a garden if it weren't for having too much to do.
Usage notes: also used in the form if it hadn't been for someone or something: If it hadn't been for Judy, Betsy was sure she would have left the city.
See also: if
References in classic literature ?
If it weren't for the children, I wouldn't mind anything.
The personae in Lucrecia's dreams said horrible things about him: "he's tyrannized the poor"; "there would not be so many prostitutes if it weren't for the poverty he's brought to us"; "he is responsible for the evil and ruin of Spain"; he has "a cold, cold heart" (80).
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