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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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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Next day toward evening the princess set off, and Pierre's head steward came to inform him that the money needed for the equipment of his regiment could not be found without selling one of the estates.
PERHAPS, also, an answer may be found without searching beyond the principles of the compact itself.
The driver and leader I found without much difficulty, two Zulus, named respectively Goza and Tom; but to get the servants proved a more difficult matter.
And thereafter, and for many days, I cudgelled my brains trying to imagine some possible way by which two men, on an open stretch of water, could capture another who knew how to use a rifle and was never to be found without one.
I might answer this by simply referring to my own character, and by asking, in my turn, Where, in the history of the world, has a man of my order ever been found without a woman in the background self-immolated on the altar of his life?
They promised to do their utmost, and no day passed that they did not bring a slave for his inspection but none was found without some defect.
Sam continued to sit on the large stone, meditating upon what was best to be done, and revolving in his mind a plan for knocking at all the doors within five miles of Bristol, taking them at a hundred and fifty or two hundred a day, and endeavouring to find Miss Arabella by that expedient, when accident all of a sudden threw in his way what he might have sat there for a twelvemonth and yet not found without it.
The next morning the old horse was found without his saddle, and with the bridle under his feet, soberly cropping the grass at his master's gate.
A woman in Saga was found without vital signs after her car fell into a waterway, NHK said.
The Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department seized 167 leather products, believed made from the skin of wild animals, worth RM40,000, from a retail outlet at the Senai International Airport here after they were found without the necessary documents.
New Delhi [India], Jun 26 (ANI): Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday said if Rahul Gandhi does not want to continue as Congress president then an alternative should be found without delay.
2,000 children and minors under 18 were found without parental care, 771 of them are orphans.
Her body was found without clothes and her bedding soaked in blood.
The police impounded 39 motorbikes and two vehicles which were found without documents.
"Those who travel across the border face automatic impoundment of vehicles or fines if found without a green card."