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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Our earlier plans had been so sadly upset that we now found ourselves without food or drink, and I alone was armed.
Under military rule, we found ourselves without basic rights; freedom of speech and freedom of association.
Then Prior to the start of the darts, we found ourselves without a compere and Alan Mayell, former Sports Argus compere in the early 1990s, stepped up and did a great job.
But by some stroke of luck-or the lack of it-we found ourselves without a cook this Holy Week.
"We had an injury crisis one week and found ourselves without a keeper," explained Dave, a former left winger who was on Wolves' books as a junior and later played non-league football for Worksop and Alfreton.
Like so many other area residents, we found ourselves without power for several days.
"We found ourselves without a place to play or even get changed," recalled chairman Mark Armstrong.
But, when I saw him back out there for us last week all I could think of was reminding me just how much we missed him at the end of last season when we were relegated and we found ourselves without the likes of him, David Dunn, Mikael Forssell and Muzzy Izzet.
"We found ourselves without younger customers," Gene Kahn, chairman and chief executive officer of the 443-unit department store company, told Women's Wear Daily, HFN's sister publication.
I recall one service where, for a number of reasons, we found ourselves without the requisite number of elders to serve Communion efficiently.
More seriously, we lesbians found ourselves without support from gay men on any but the narrowest gay rights issues.
Then we were expected to struggle when Simon (Wilson) was ruled out, but we survived that loss as well, and then we found ourselves without Neil (Walker) and again people thought we would be in trouble, but we've managed to work through it, and we are still up there.
"But the over-the-counter market was and is V.I.P.'s focus, and we often found ourselves without enough designs that had application to the home furnishings marketplace.