do with (something)

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do with (something)

To cope or manage to do something without all the resources that one would ideally like to have. We don't have all the spices we need for this recipe, but since the weather is so bad, we're just going to have to do with what we have.

do with someone or something

to do as well as possible with someone or something; to make do with someone or something. I will just have to do with the car I now have. Can she do with just one chair for a while?

done with

finished with someone or something. Mary is done with Bill. She has found another boyfriend. I can't wait until I'm done with school forever. I agree. I'll be glad when we are done with all these exams.
See also: done

do with

Put up or manage with, as in I can do with very little sleep. [Early 1800s] Also see can do with; have to do with.

do with

v.
To manage with something that is not optimal: We don't have time to order new parts; we must do with the parts that we have.
References in classic literature ?
Persons behind me know what I am doing with my right hand -- they will indorse you if you tell correctly." He was still dumb.
Salaam: What you're doing with fiction stylistically, don't you consider that really different from what most people are doing?
The Monkeywrench, Now Time Delegation and a new thing I am doing with Mike (Poison 13 and Lord High Fixers) are all very much solid groups of people planting seeds.
We knew fifteen years ago that what Ellis Marsalis was doing was valid; we knew that when Danny Barker got the kids interested in traditional brass bands that was valid, we knew that what Kidd Jordan was doing with his musical experiments was valid - but the payoff in terms of a popular image of success did not come until Wynton made it.