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leave word

Leave a message, as in Please leave word at the desk when you check out, or I left word abut my plans with the secretary; didn't she tell you? This expression employs word in the sense of “information,” a usage dating from the 10th century.
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  • If you will leave word what your business with my father is I will have him call on you.

  • And didn't I leave word there was no more to be got without my orders?

    The Drone

    Rutherford Mayne
  • I'll leave word at the desk that I'll meet Rad at the theatre.

  • Should I be away on a cruise, I will leave word with the landlady what is to be done with him.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • I'll leave word that you are here, and then we'll go into the school.

    Dr. Wortle's School

    Anthony Trollope
  • "I suppose I must go down to the station and leave word for him there," said Mr Blake.

    An Old Man's Love

    Anthony Trollope
  • I'll leave word in the miners' outfitting store at Danby and you can address me there.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • At least you will leave word where you are going, Miss Florence.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • But it would have been so easy for you to leave word for me!

    Monsieur Cherami Charles Paul de Kock
  • leave word with neighbors and at station to say where you have gone.

    The Late Tenant

    Louis Tracy

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