by-your-leave

[ bahy-yer-leev ]
/ ˈbaɪ yərˈliv /

noun

an apology for not having sought permission.

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Origin of by-your-leave

First recorded in 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for by-your-leave

by-your-leave

noun

a request for permission (esp in the phrase without so much as a by-your-leave)
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