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French leave

Sometimes Offensive. a departure without ceremony, permission, or notice:
Taking French leave, he evaded his creditors.
Origin of French leave
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
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French leave

an unauthorized or unannounced absence or departure
Word Origin
C18: alluding to a custom in France of leaving without saying goodbye to one's host or hostess
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French leave

noun phrase

Departure without notice or permission, esp going AWOL from a military post (1771+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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