French leave

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A sudden or unannounced departure, or one taken without permission.

Etymology:

  • The Oxford English Dictionary records: "the custom of going away from a reception, etc. without taking leave of the host or hostess. Hence, jocularly, to take French leave is to go away, or do anything, without permission or notice."
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Submitted on July 07, 2010

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