for want of something
for (the) want of (something)
Because something is lacking or missing. For want of vegetable oil, I added olive oil to the recipe and hoped for the best.
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for (the) want of somethingbecause of a lack of something; because something is not available: For the want of a better name, I’m calling this book ‘My Early Years’. ♢ We went for a walk for want of anything better to do.
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