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- v. To say that something is not wanted because it makes the situation worse than it was, or is simply very annoying.
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If he intended to call her by name, he could do without even a commoner's "master."
So, with the hobbling creature, with her bandaged head, for a guide, he explored every room of the house, which being identical with his own, he could do without fear of leaving any apartment unentered.
“I could not do without him,” he said, “any more than I could do without Nat Lucas, my head of carpenters, or Tom Crowder, my clerk.”
The driver was an expert, the pick of Hardanger's own London men, and he knew exactly how much he and the car could do without killing the lot of us in the process.
The Catalooch party had lost to the Indians everything they could do without and some things they couldn't — fry pans and dutch ovens, sacks of meal, fishing poles, rifles and pistols.
Some of their traits he appreciated, like their honesty and courage, their intelligence, their understanding of their world; others, like their wildness, their willfulness, underpinned by their inherent Cynster strength, he could do without — such traits were too powerfully disruptive.
Green was here last night, and in speaking of the sermon I remarked that I did not think the sermon applied, or was intended to apply, to the abolitionists alone, but to every one who thought they possessed in their consciences a surer guide to virtue and a greater safegaurd against vice than the Bible and Christianity, Mr. Green said it might then apply to him but that he hoped he did not think he could do without religion.