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The following passage is that a father met one family who was
in line for the circus but found lack of money , and helped them with some
money. I cannot understand the last sentence. May I understand that
it means "we didn't go without helping them." ?
The man knew what was going on. He wasn't begging for a handout but certainly appreciated the help in a desperate, heartbreaking, embarrassing situation. He looked straight into my dad's eyes, took my dad's hand in both of his, squeezed tightly onto the $20 bill, and with his lip quivering and a tear streaming down his cheek, he replied, "Thank you, thank you, sir. This really means a lot to me and my family."
My father and I went back to our car and drove home. We didn't go to the circus that night, but we didn't go without.
Thank you for your reply. Now I understand the meaning of "go without" as an idiom. But I'm still confused by that in this context. They didn't go without
a what? " We didn't go to the circus that night, but we didn't go without