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French leave

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noun

Sometimes Offensive. a departure without ceremony, permission, or notice: Taking French leave, he evaded his creditors.

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Origin of French leave

First recorded in 1765–75
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French leave

noun

an unauthorized or unannounced absence or departure

Word Origin for French leave

C18: alluding to a custom in France of leaving without saying goodbye to one's host or hostess
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