do without (someone or something)(redirected from do without them)
do without (someone or something)
To manage or cope despite someone or something's absence. The phrase can be used alone or followed by the absent person or thing. Since I forgot to pick up milk on the way home, I guess we're just going to have to do without for one night. I was running late this morning, so I had to do without coffee.
Manage in spite of being without something. For example, They will just have to do without a vacation this year, or There was no telephone in the cabin, but we soon learned to do without. [Early 1700s]
To manage despite the absence of something: Since we're short of money for supplies, you'll have to do without. We had to do without a telephone on the island.