you can't live with them, you can't live without them

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you can't live with them, you can't live without them

A phrase used to express frustration with someone or something that the speaker ultimately cannot give up. The object of frustration always precedes the statement, and most commonly is "women." My husband is a total slob, but I still love him. Men: you can't live with them, you can't live without them. Sports: you can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em. This soccer game is going to make me crazy!
See also: live, without
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As illustrated by the old saying, "Women--you can't live with 'em and you can't live without 'em," the foibles of ambivalence in society are legendary.
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