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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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  • Well, said Nelson, well go up to the hotel again after a while and leave word for him in case he comes there to inquire.

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • I'll leave word at the desk that I'll meet Rad at the theatre.

  • And yet she must leave word of some sort or they would think her very rude and ungrateful.

    Two Little Women Carolyn Wells
  • 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
  • But I do expect him to leave word downstairs of the time at which he is likely to return.

    My Lady's Money Wilkie Collins
  • I'll leave word in the miners' outfitting store at Danby and you can address me there.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • To make sure of this, she planned secretly to telephone her residence and leave word that William need not come for her.

  • At least you will leave word where you are going, Miss Florence.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • If Bill comes to town we will leave word that we have gone away.

  • We'll stop at your house on our way back, and leave word with your mother—incidentally we can learn if any one has called.

    The White Shield Myrtle Reed

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