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can't live with them, can't live without them

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can't live with them, can't live without them

  1. There is a hopeless, ongoing conflict between annoyance with someone or something and need for that same person or thing.
    • 1996 July 7, A. J. Benza, "Is Sly using his muscle to stop tell-all?," New York Daily News (retrieved 13 Aug 2015):
      You've got to find the woman that works for you. Because, after all, we can't live with them, can't live without them.
    • 1999 July 25, Cayte Williams, "Why won't my !@*!!@ machine work?," Independent (UK) (retrieved 13 Aug 2015):
      Can't live with them, can't live without them. Like tweezers, pagers and passport control, computers are essential for modern living. They're marvellous (the erotic e-mail is the new love letter) and totally rubbish (it takes three hours to turn the printer on).
    • 2010 Oct. 16, Nick McGrath, "Lulu: The singer talks about her family," Guardian (UK) (retrieved 13 Aug 2015):
      My parents' relationship was very much, "can't live with them, can't live without them". They were a crazy old couple and it was one of those love/hate things.
    • 2012 June 7, Carrie Donovan, "Going Out Guide for the District of Columbia, June 7-13," Washington Post (retrieved 13 Aug 2015):
      “Men, Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them.” Actor Cam Magee and singer Beverly Cosham explore the age-old theme in sonnets and speeches by Shakespeare and songs by Johnny Mercer and Cole Porter.

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2009 March 12, Clyde Haberman, "The Rich: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them," New York Times (retrieved 13 Aug 2015):
[T]hat’s the problem most of us have with the very rich. You can’t live with ’em, but you can’t live without ’em.