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live without

To survive or get by without something to which one is accustomed or feels dependent upon. Most of my friends can't imagine living without their phones, but I can go for days at a time without looking at mine. A: "You mean there won't be any Wi-Fi for the whole trip?" B: "Yep. We'll just have to live without for a week." People lived without television for most of human existence—I'm sure we can manage for a day or two.
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live without something

to survive, lacking something. I just know I can't live without my car. I am sure we can live without vegetables for a day or two.
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References in classic literature ?
The nurse was a kind-hearted woman, who could not live without something to love.
`But,' said I, `to be quite honest, I do not think I can live without something of a musical society.
Copperfield, that we can not live without something widely different from existing circumstances shortly turning up.
5) An oxygen tank that recycles its O2: On Mars, the oxygen level is 0.1 therefore I wouldn't be able to live without something that generates oxygen.
That made him think of what life would be like to live without something most people take for granted.
And no, I'm not talking about those fabulous Harajuku Lovers Snow Bunnies ($99.95 for a set of four), because it's not indulgent if you can't live without something.
The biggest hurdle facing the makers of most new gadgets is convincing people that they cannot live without something that didn't even exist last Christmas.
The prospect of letting go creates a sense of risk or danger, namely that we will be required to live without something (or someone) that we have previously convinced ourselves is necessary to our wellbeing.