To leave off

To desist from; to forbear; to stop; as, to leave off work at six o'clock.
To cease wearing or using; to omit to put in the usual position; as, to leave off a garment; to leave off the tablecloth.
To forsake; as, to leave off a bad habit.
to cease; to desist; to stop.

See also: Leave, Leave, Leave, Leave

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
All the time they were playing the Queen never left off quarrelling with the other players, and shouting `Off with his head!' or `Off with her head!' Those whom she sentenced were taken into custody by the soldiers, who of course had to leave off being arches to do this, so that by the end of half an hour or so there were no arches left, and all the players, except the King, the Queen, and Alice, were in custody and under sentence of execution.
"I'll say it very quick," murmured the Other Professor, with downcast eyes, and melancholy voice, which contrasted oddly with his face, as he had forgotten to leave off smiling.
I went frequently to see them, and condole with them, expecting that it would be my turn next; but the place gave me so much horror, reflecting that it was the place of my unhappy birth, and of my mother's misfortunes, and that I could not bear it, so I was forced to leave off going to see them.
Do you not know that Ajax struck me on the chest with a stone as I was killing his comrades at the ships of the Achaeans, and compelled me to leave off fighting?
I would remind you of this that you may learn to leave off being so deceitful, and discover how much you are likely to gain by the embraces out of which you have come here to trick me."
If, then, you are speaking the truth and mean what you say, go among the rank and file of the gods, and tell Iris and Apollo lord of the bow, that I want them--Iris, that she may go to the Achaean host and tell Neptune to leave off fighting and go home, and Apollo, that he may send Hector again into battle and give him fresh strength; he will thus forget his present sufferings, and drive the Achaeans back in confusion till they fall among the ships of Achilles son of Peleus.
They told the others to leave off playing, and to come and sit down along with themselves.
Am I, then, to leave off crying and refrain from all the sad thoughts that torture me?
I told him that I was resolved to leave off, and that I was determined to stand by my resolution.'
"Sorensen can score a goal in training but in the end I had a lot of players to leave off the bench and he was getting left off regularly.
O'Brien is likely to leave off the headgear that was applied in the hope of eking out his stamina.
All four flung themselves convincingly into the complex, interwoven partnering, with spiraling torsos and slicing limbs, only to leave off dancing without warning and stroll sullenly about the stage or into the wings.