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

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

A phrase used to express frustration with someone or something that the speaker ultimately cannot give up. My husband is a total slob, but I still love him. Men: can't live with them, can't live without them. Sports: can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. This soccer game is going to make me crazy!
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Some people have become so addicted to mobiles that they cannot live without them. Many traffic accidents that occur nowadays are because people are using their mobile phones while driving.
I think the phone and all its accessories have taken over a lot of our lives we cannot live without them.
We cannot live without them. We are looking for a referendum on our continued European Union membership and the British public should also be allowed a similar vote to returning the utilities businesses back to the public.
We tend to take these services for granted and generally do not recognize that we cannot live without them. Nor do we understand many ecosystem services well enough to recreate them, not knowing what species are necessary for the services to work and in what proportions, or whether for some services there are essential or "keystone" species without which ecosystems would cease to function.
They can take your TV, video, hi-fi and a car unless you can satisfy them that you cannot live without them.
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