Abandon someone, force someone to bear the responsibility or blame. For example, Her friends said they were too busy to help with cleaning up, and left Lucy holding the bag . This expression is often put as be left holding the bag , as in When they quit the clean-up committee, Lucy was left holding the bag . This idiom grew out of the earlier give one the bag (to hold) , which dates from about 1600 and alludes to being left with an empty bag while others have taken the valuable contents. Also see leave in the lurch
- Leave hanging
Also, leave hanging in the air or in midair. Keep undecided, uncertain, or in suspense. For example, Since we hadn’t found a big enough hall, we left the final date hanging, or She couldn’t figure out a good ending for the book, so her audience was left hanging in midair.
adjective pertaining to a hair-care product that is left on the hair rather than rinsed out Examples Many conditioners are leave-in nowadays.
[lev-uh n] /ˈlɛv ən/ noun 1. a substance, as yeast or baking powder, that causes fermentation and expansion of dough or batter. 2. fermented dough reserved for producing fermentation in a new batch of dough. 3. an element that produces an altering or transforming influence. verb (used with object) 4. to add leaven to (dough […]
[lev-uh-ning] /ˈlɛv ə nɪŋ/ noun 1. Also called leavening agent. a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or batter; . 2. the act or process of causing to ferment by . 3. (def 3). [lev-uh n] /ˈlɛv ən/ noun 1. a substance, as yeast or baking powder, that causes fermentation and expansion of dough […]