French leave


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French leave

n.
An informal, unannounced, or abrupt departure.

[From the 18th-century French custom of leaving without saying goodbye to the host or hostess.]

French leave

n
an unauthorized or unannounced absence or departure
[C18: alluding to a custom in France of leaving without saying goodbye to one's host or hostess]

French′ leave′


n.
a departure without ceremony, permission, or notice: Taking French leave, he evaded his creditors.
[1765–75]

French leave

- Comes from the French custom of leaving a ball or dinner without saying goodbye to the host or hostess.
See also related terms for host.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.French leave - an abrupt and unannounced departure (without saying farewell)
departure, going, going away, leaving - the act of departing
Translations

French leave

n to take French leavefilarsela all'inglese
References in classic literature ?
But as I was certain I should not be allowed to leave the enclosure, my only plan was to take French leave and slip out when nobody was watching, and that was so bad a way of doing it as made the thing itself wrong.
Look at him--in such hot haste to get married that he took French leave and rushed down to implore the silly girl on his knees
The truth is, she had quitted the premises for many hours, and upon that permission which is called French leave among us After picking up the trinkets in the drawing-room, Mademoiselle had ascended to her own apartments, packed and corded her own boxes there, tripped out and called a cab for herself, brought down her trunks with her own hand, and without ever so much as asking the aid of any of the other servants, who would probably have refused it, as they hated her cordially, and without wishing any one of them good-bye, had made her exit from Curzon Street.
BRITISH troops sent to help drive al-Qaeda out of Mali may have to stay in Africa after the French leave, it emerged last night.
He just seems to act better at this course than anywhere else, but I must admit I was worried that the ground had saddled a double with Dancing Mist and French Leave but in-between lost the promising King Billy, who had to be put down after pulling up lame.