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