Leave a calling card

verb phrase

To defecate in a public or inappropriate place: after a passing horse had left its calling card on the street (1940s+)


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  • Leaved

    [leevd] /livd/ adjective 1. having ; leafed. [leev] /liv/ verb (used with object), left, leaving. 1. to go out of or away from, as a place: to leave the house. 2. to depart from permanently; quit: to leave a job. 3. to let remain or have remaining behind after going, disappearing, ceasing, etc.: I left […]

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