live through (something)
To survive, endure, or suffer through something. My grandfather lived through the war, so he knows a thing or two about hardship. She lived through the company's worst years and has since gone on to become an executive manager.
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live through something
to endure something; to survive an unpleasant or dangerous time of one's life. I almost did not live through the operation. I know I can't live through another attack.
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Endure, survive. This idiom is used both seriously, as in Those who have lived through a depression never forget what it was like, or hyperbolically, as in That speech was endless-I thought I'd never live through it.
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