leave flat

Forsake or abandon completely, especially without warning. For example, He didn't tell her he wasn't picking her up; he just left her flat. [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see high and dry; leave in the lurch.


Nearby words

  1. leave,
  2. leave a bad taste in one's mouth,
  3. leave a lot to be desired,
  4. leave alone,
  5. leave behind,
  6. leave hanging,
  7. leave holding the bag,
  8. leave in the lurch,
  9. leave no stone unturned,
  10. leave of absence

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