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go without

To proceed without something. The phrase can stop at "without" or be followed by a noun or pronoun that one needs. If you don't get home in time for dinner, then you'll just have to go without. I can't go without food for much longer—we need to stop for lunch soon.
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go without (someone or something)

to manage without a particular type of person or thing. I can't go without a doctor much longer. I need a doctor now. I simply can't go without. We can go without food for only so long.
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go without

 and do without
to manage while not having any of something that is needed; to not have any of something. We were a poor family and usually went without. I didn't have enough money to buy a new coat so I did without.
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go without

v.
To proceed without the benefit of something that one needs: The children went without any shoes for several months. We were always well taken care of and never went without.
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Around one in six people polled said they regularly went without heating to keep costs down, while one in 50 said they always did this and half said they did so occasionally.
As African Union representatives meet this week to discuss the growing threat of hunger and malnutrition in Africa, Gallup Polls in 29 sub-Saharan African countries provide a measure of how often residents went without enough to eat before the recent food price surges.
For example, more than half of the underinsured (54%) went without needed care during the year, failed to fill a prescription, or failed to visit a physician for a medical problem.
The 49-page report, the result of a two-year investigation found children in the county's three juvenile jails in Sylmar, Downey and Lincoln Heights went without mental health treatment for days despite their threats to kill themselves and episodes of head-banging, self-mutilation and razor blade-swallowing.
The survey found that in the last year, 27% of women under age 65 and 67% of uninsured women delayed or went without needed medical care because they did not think they could afford it.
Cabbies, who lean on LAX for the bulk of their business, went without fares.
Fewer CEOs went without a bonus, however: 18% of CEOs had to do without in 2003, compared to 24% in 2002.
PALMDALE - Los Angeles County union workers are demanding higher pay to make up for the years they went without raises, and threatening to strike if they don't get it.