leave off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v leave off stop using "leave off your jacket--no need to wear it here"
    • v leave off prevent from being included or considered or accepted "The bad results were excluded from the report","Leave off the top piece"
    • v leave off come to an end, stop or cease "the road leaves off at the edge of the forest","leave off where you started"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sometimes, early telephone operators would get to know their customers so well, the customers would ask for a reminder call when it was time to remove a cake from the oven, leave the phone off the hook near their sleeping child when they left the house, hoping the operator would hear any cries of distress, request a wake up call before taking a long nap.
    • Leave off to desist, to terminate: to give up using
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Quotations

  • Samuel Butler
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    “Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.”
  • Samuel Butler
    Samuel%20Butler
    “To die is but to leave off dying and do the thing once for all.”
  • Will Rogers
    Will%20Rogers
    “Every time a woman leaves off something she looks better, but every time a man leaves off something he looks worse.”
  • Samuel Butler
    Samuel%20Butler
    “One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret%20Thatcher
    “I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “The good rain, like a bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lǽfan, to leave a heritage (láf), lifian, to be remaining.

Usage

In literature:

I'll have that pile o' rails done before you leave off to-night; so no more shirking, do you hear?
"First in the Field" by George Manville Fenn
It was the dog saved your lives, not me, my lads; and do leave off, please.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
Leave off telling of me?
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
He then cut off several slices, which he wrapped up in some large leaves and placed in my basket.
"Afar in the Forest" by W.H.G. Kingston
Eager to explore the country, Speke arranged to set off, leaving Captain Burton at Caze.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
I had never been so rich in my life, but yet it was not a sum which would allow me to leave off.
"The Gilpins and their Fortunes" by William H. G. Kingston
At last my leave was nearly up, and I had to set off to rejoin my ship, allowing myself a few days to spend in London.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
Leaving Mary in the cabin, he accompanied me on deck, and we instantly set to work to get the hatches off.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
As we shoved off, my mother looked anxiously at the brig, still evidently not liking to leave my father on board.
"Twice Lost" by W.H.G. Kingston
Now do leave off hanging on me.
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

Something from far off it seemed
deep and secret to me, hidden by the earth,
a shout muffled by huge autumns,
by the moist half-open darkness of the leaves.
"The White Mans Burden" by Pablo Neruda
III.—Years After Fade off the ridges, rosy light,
Fade slowly from the last gray height,
And leave no gloomy cloud to grieve
The heart of this enchanted eve!
"Fragments Pts 1, 11, 111" by Victor James Daley
Leave off the agony, leave off style,
Unless you've got money by you all the while,
If you'll look about you you'll often have to smile,
To see so many people putting on style.
"Leave off the Agony in Style" by Julia A Moore
Leave off the agony, leave off style,
Unless you've got money by you all the while.
If you look about you you'll often have to smile,
To see so many poor people putting on style.
"Leave off the Agony in Style" by Julia A Moore
And by birth
A Switzer, who obtained the gracious honour
Of drowning in one river with his master.
Woman, how often you have told me this!
Will you ne'er leave off persecuting me?
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
You may leave me off your praises,
When they make my humble bed,
In the silent land of shadows
With the green sod over head — If I am forgot while living,
Forget me when I'm dead.
"My Wish" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

You've been turning off the lights as you leave a room.
One thing you shouldn't leave off your resume.
People used to just rake the leaves off their lawns to keep the grass from getting smothered, but they left the leaves in shrub beds and borders.
Well, if you're these guys, you rent a truck, collect almost 1,500 bags of leaves , build a leaf pile, and jump off of your roof.
' But before they can leave their swanky apartment they need to turn off some of the lamps.
The Bank of Canada is expected to announce this week that it is leaving interest rates unchanged and continue to give the impression that it's in no rush to move them off ultra-low levels.
Canada's seal "hunt" - which happens every November to June off Canada's east coast - is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet, leaving tens of thousands of animals dead every year.
We're talking about the scare-your-pants-off kind that leaves our unsuspecting little siblings and friends falling victim to tons of spazzing out and the occasional tear or two.
Walletpop.com recently published an article outlining eight jobs you're better off leaving to the experts.
ATLANTA — The police officer who arrested Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham said Abraham was "obviously intoxicated" as he refused requests to leave an area taped off by firefighters and police on Monday night.
Andrzejak, now back on duty with D District, was off for two months of medical leave, recuperating from head and eye injuries suffered in the confrontation with Sordetto.
Riders, including seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong, leave Monaco at 4:00 pm local time and set off on a no-joke 15.5k time trial.
On the eve of graduation ceremonies, Westmont College in Montecito was ordered evacuated, leaving campus officials scrambling to see to it that 500 to 600 students are moved off campus with little notice.
And you can leave off the basil until after the pizza 's cooked, if you prefer.
Is Lisa Vanderpump leaving RHOBH for her own Vanderspin-off.
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In science:

The dissipation terms are applied using the artificial viscosity and resistivity switches but leaving the artificial thermal conductivity turned off in order to increase the density resolution.
Smoothed Particle Magnetohydrodynamics III. Multidimensional tests and the div B = 0 constraint
We can apply a pinching such that also the off-diagonal part of M is diagonal, leaving σ invariant.
Optimal entanglement witnesses for continuous-variable systems
Again, the statistics in the off-axis locations would be prohibitively small, leaving the on-axis location as the only viable choice for this analysis.
Bringing the SciBar Detector to the Booster Neutrino Beam
The line L, which has now equation y = 0 splits off, leaving a zero–dimensional scheme S ′ supported at the origin O , which is responsible for the embedded point of S .
Homaloidal hypersurfaces and hypersurfaces with vanishing Hessian
Processes Raman association forms H2 when a photon scatters off two nearby, unbound atoms, leaving them bound.
Astrophysics in 2006
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