Leave someone flat



verb phrase

To leave a person suddenly and definitively: When he lied once too often she left him flat (1902+)

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    Avoid disturbing or bothering someone, as in It’s best to leave Dean in peace when he’s paying the bills . This expression uses peace in the sense of “undisturbed,” a usage dating from the early 1200s. Also see



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