find (oneself) without (someone or something)

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find (oneself) without (someone or something)

To realize that one lacks someone or something, often unintentionally or unexpectedly. My husband must have taken the umbrella out of our car because I found myself without one in the midst of that downpour today.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

find oneself without someone or something

to discover that one no longer has someone or something. When I got to the head of the line, I found myself without a cent!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He led me into a corner and conducted me up a flight of stairs - which appeared to me to be slowly collapsing into sawdust, so that one of those days the upper lodgers would look out at their doors and find themselves without the means of coming down - to a set of chambers on the top floor.
A spokesman for Denbighshire Council said: "Over recent years, the council and its partners have been working on a wide range of initiatives to try and reduce homelessness and finding longer term solutions for individuals or families who may find themselves without a home.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said it is "unacceptable for anyone to find themselves without a home" and the Scottish Government is taking action to "end homelessness altogether".
This is the second time the club has skipped a fixture after pulling the same move last month handing Gor Mahia the free points.At Kasarani, the Mathare players arrived ahead of the 3pm kick off, warmed up and were unfortunate to find themselves without opponents.
"Many retirees find themselves without expert help to navigate their healthcare benefit needs and Medicare with patience and honesty," said Jones.
Work is precarious, pay is worth less, the cost of living high and, increasingly, workers find themselves without long-term security.
While Arsenal remain in the Europa League, they trail Rennes 3-1 after the first leg, and could find themselves without any additional distractions if they cannot progress to the quarter-finals in the second leg tonight.
He claimed: "The reality is that as a result of these planned closures the overwhelming majority of customers will find themselves without access to full banking facilities and in the most extreme examples some will find themselves having to make a round trip of circa 130 miles."
"It is totally wrong and unacceptable to see older people, many of whom have worked all their lives and now find themselves without a home at that particularly vulnerable age when they need a sense of security to enjoy their golden years.
With Angkas shuttering its operations in Metro Manila effective this Saturday, November 18, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has teamed up with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to provide livelihood opportunities for drivers who might find themselves without a job.
While we welcome developing policy such as plain cigarette packaging and increased taxation on tobacco, continuing cuts to local authorities mean that many smoking cessation services are under threat as those who wish to quit smoking may find themselves without the help they need.
These laws are there to protect the most vulnerable people who, all too often, find themselves without a voice and their rights undermined or disregarded.
The Blues have little to play for, they sit 11th in the table with seven games remaining - but Burr says if players rest on their laurels they could find themselves without a club at the end of the campaign.
Then consider this: For the sake of argument, let's split the difference between the think tank numbers and say 8.9 million will suddenly find themselves without health insurance.