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by-your-leave Syllabification: by-your-leave
Pronunciation: /ˌbīyôrˈlēv/

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of by-your-leave in English:


Request for permission: he borrowed my car without so much as a by-your-leave See also leave2.
More example sentences
  • I plug in another drive, a portable one I use for non-mission-critical backup; the folder transfers without so much as a by-your-leave.
  • The government of the United States will ask not so much as a by-your-leave.
  • Hygiene experts can say all they like about chucking your slap out every three months - but what's a girl to do if cosmetics manufacturers persist in discontinuing, say, ‘Rouge Eclat’ without so much as a by-your-leave?
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