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leave of absence

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noun
  1. permission to be absent from duty, employment, service, etc.; leave.
  2. the length of time granted in such permission: a two-year leave of absence.
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Origin of leave of absence

First recorded in 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for leave of absence

Historical Examples

  • But it was entirely regular; we had leave-of-absence from college, and Mrs. McBride chaperoned us.

    Daddy Long-Legs

    Jean Webster

  • This homely and wholesome couple one may meet any afternoon in Paris, on leave-of-absence days.

    A Love Episode

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for leave of absence

leave of absence

noun
  1. permission to be absent from work or duty
  2. the period of absence
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