French leave

noun
  1. 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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Related Words for french leave

absenteeism, cut, hooky, truancy, AWOL

British Dictionary definitions for french leave

French leave

noun
  1. 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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