lost without someone/something

Meaning(s)

1. helpless/unable to function properly without someone/something

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I'd be lost without someone

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To be lost without somebody or something means that you are unhappy or unable to function properly without them or it. If talking about a person, this is a very emotive expression and means that the person being talked about is a key part of the person's life and if that were to change the would be hugely upsetting and disruptive. "I am so happy since I met my husband, I don't know what I would do without him." This expression can also be used in a casual way to talk about objects which are essential or very helpful. "This new program has automated so much of my administration work, I don't know what I would do without it."

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  1. I rely on my phone for so many different things that I'd be completely lost without it!
  2. Whenever I feel down I ring my wife because she always knows what to say to make me feel better. I'd be lost without her.

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  1. The start-up grant really helped us get our business off the ground. We would have been lost without it.
  2. The app on my phone allows me to scan and save receipts. I would be completely lost without it.

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