lost without

lost without (someone or something)

Unable to function or understand things clearly without someone or something; helpless without someone or something. Ever since Mom died, I just feel like I'm lost without her. When it comes to repairing things, I'm usually lost without instructional videos. I'd be lost without my assistant—she's the only one who keeps my crazy life remotely organized.
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lost without someone or something

unable to function without someone or something. I am just lost without you. The engineer is lost without his pocket computer.
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References in classic literature ?
It was almost calm--at least, there was not wind enough to give us any prospect of escaping--so that when the galley came up to us, we thought ourselves lost without remedy, and had probably fallen into their hands had not a breeze sprung up just in the instant of danger, which carried us down the channel between the mainland and the isle of Babelmandel.
I suppose when the chains are struck off a prisoner he'd feel queer and lost without them for a while.
My brother would have been quite lost without Amy,' he returned.
The portier also wrote down each day's journey and the nightly hotel on a piece of paper, and made our course so plain that we should never be able to get lost without high-priced outside help.
They express a shade of the art which would be lost without them.
He has defrauded justice, and opposed his king and lawful master, for he opposed his just commands; he has, I say, robbed the galleys of their feet, stirred up the Holy Brotherhood which for many years past has been quiet, and, lastly, has done a deed by which his soul may be lost without any gain to his body.
I should be lost without you, Eugene; but you may be right.
A tinge of wildness in her aspect was derived from the black veil hanging like a rag against her cheek, and from the fixity of her black gaze where the light of the room was absorbed and lost without the trace of a single gleam.
Apart from the kicking of Kiwi centre Henry Paul with five penalties and a conversion, Gloucester looked lost without their England stars - Trevor Woodman, Andy Gomarsall and Phil Vickery.
Previously recognised as strategically challenged, it now seems as though the music retail sector is lost without a compass.
With a focus on life in the city and its suburbs on both sides of the river, THE INQUIRER 1995 REGIONAL ALMANAC is so complete with statistics, maps, names, addresses, guides, figures, graphics, charts, tables, key issues in the news, the works -- that you'd be lost without it.
New York, October 30 ( ANI ): Men just seem lost without their gadgets.
Like a breath of fresh air She breezed into my life Forty seven years later Mary is still my wife I would be so lost without her I know I just couldn't live on The moment I first saw her I knew she was the only one She really is someone so special Mary is the reason I live She'd loved me without question So much love she has to give My world would be in darkness If she wasn't about I love her so much Of that there's no doubt We will always be together Never, ever shall we part We will live on forever Because we share the same heart by Frank Byrne, Widnes
I would be lost without my amazing family and friends, who are always there for me through good times and bad - especially my mum, she is my true confidant and best friend * Skinny mochas give me my caffeine fix to help me through the day's madness along with that all important shot of chocolate for the sweet flavour.
LSJ is blogging from the library because her computer is on the blink: "I'm really lost without my wee pal Henry (that's my computer) and hope it won't be too long before lady luck shines on me again and helps get him fixed.