Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

lost without someone/something

lost without
Meaning(s)
1) helpless/unable to function properly without someone/something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • I'd be lost without someone
  • Analysis
    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."
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    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.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    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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