[fr 1600s give the bag to hold, ”victimize in a game of snipe-hunt”; the form hold the sack in the first sense is found by 1904]
- Leave someone in peace
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
- Leave someone in the lurch
verb phrase To abandon someone in a difficult plight: They all cleared out and left me in the lurch (1596+) see: leave in the lurch
- Leave something be
verb phrase To leave alone (1825+)
[leev-tey-king] /ˈlivˌteɪ kɪŋ/ noun 1. a saying farewell; a parting or goodbye; departure: His leave-taking was brief. noun 1. the act of departing; a farewell n. late 14c., from leave (n.) + present participle of take (v.).