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live through


to survive an experience, esp. a difficult one


It's hard to understand how she lived through those traumas.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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live through

Endure, survive. This idiom is used both seriously, as in Those who have lived through a depression never forget what it was like, or hyperbolically, as in That speech was endless—I thought I'd never live through it.
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