could/can do without something

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could do without (something)

Said when one does not want something to happen or continue. I'm already running late, so I could sure do without a traffic jam this morning! I could do without the criticism, please.
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could/can do withˈout something

(spoken) not want something, for example criticism, advice or complaints: I could do without him telling me what to say all the time.I could have done without her ringing me up just as I was about to go out.
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