French-leave meaning

An informal, unannounced, or abrupt departure.
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An unauthorized, unnoticed, or unceremonious departure; act of leaving secretly or in haste.
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A sudden or unannounced departure, or one taken without permission.
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Origin of french-leave

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition