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