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go it alone

to do something by oneself. Do you need help, or will you go it alone? I think I need a little more experience before I go it alone.
See also: alone

He travels fastest who travels alone.

Prov. It is easier to achieve your goals if you do not have a spouse, children, or other connections to consider. Jill: Don't go yet! Wait for me to get ready. Jane: But you always take at least half an hour. No wonder they always say that he travels fastest who travels alone.
See also: alone, fast, he, travel, who

Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.

Prov. When you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you. Nancy: When Harry and I were dating, all our friends invited us places and called to say hello. Now that we've broken up, they treat me as if I don't exist. Jane: Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.
See also: alone, and, laugh, weep, world

Leave me alone!

Stop harassing me!; Don't bother me! John: You did it. You're the one who always does it. Bill: Leave me alone! I never did it. Fred: Let's give Bill a dunk in the pool. Bill: Leave me alone!
See also: leave

leave (someone, something, or some creature) alone

 and let (someone, something, or some creature) alone; leave (someone, something, or some creature) be; let (someone, something, or some creature) be
to stop bothering someone or something. Don't torment the cat. Leave it alone. I don't want your help. Let me alone. Don't argue about it. Let it be!
See also: alone, leave

let alone someone or something

not to mention or think of someone or something; not even to take someone or something into account. (Fixed order.) Do I have a dollar? I don't even have a dime, let alone a dollar. I didn't invite John, let alone the rest of his family.
See also: alone

let someone or something alone

 and leave someone or something alone; leave someone or something be
to avoid touching, bothering, or communicating with someone or something. Leave me alone. I don't want your help. Let it alone! Don't touch it! It may be hot!
See also: alone

let well enough alone

 and leave well enough alone
to leave things as they are (and not try to improve them). There isn't much more you can accomplish here. Why don't you just let well enough alone? This is as good as I can do. I'll stop and leave well enough alone.
See also: alone, enough, well

Man does not live by bread alone.

Prov. In order to survive, people need more than physical things like food and shelter.; People need mental or spiritual things like satisfaction and love. (Biblical.) Alan: I'm so miserable. Jill: How can you be miserable? You've got a good place to live, plenty to eat, nice clothes.... Alan: But man does not live by bread alone.
See also: alone, bread, does, live, man, not

go it alone

to do something without help from other people After two years as a member of the quartet, Sinatra decided to go it alone. Even countries cannot go it alone in the world today.
See also: alone

leave somebody alone

to not annoy or interrupt someone let somebody alone If you just leave her alone she'll do the job right.
See also: alone, leave

leave something alone

to not touch or be involved with something Leave the bite alone and don't scratch it.
See also: alone, leave

leave well enough alone

to allow something to stay as it is because doing more would not improve it I thought about rewriting the letter, but I decided to leave well enough alone.
See also: alone, enough, leave, well

let alone do something

and to an even greater degree do something We were trapped in a situation you can barely imagine, let alone understand.
Usage notes: used to emphasize the extreme character of something
Related vocabulary: not to mention somebody/something
See also: alone

let somebody alone

to not annoy or interrupt someone leave somebody alone I tried to keep my promise not to call her, to let her alone to think, but finally I needed to talk to her.
See also: alone

go it alone

to do something by yourself and without help from other people Honda has chosen to go it alone rather than set up a joint venture with an American partner.
See also: alone

leave/let well alone

  (British, American & Australian) also leave/let well enough alone (American)
to leave something the way it is, because trying to improve it might make it worse In cases of back trouble, it's difficult to know whether to operate or leave well alone. I'm not doing any more on that painting - it's time to let well enough alone.
See also: alone, leave, well

leave well alone

  (British & Australian) also leave well enough alone (American)
to not change or try to improve something that is not causing any problems So long as the machine still does what you want it to, my advice is to leave well alone. Surgeons are aware that every operation carries some risk, and sometimes decide to leave well enough alone.
See also: alone, leave, well

Man cannot live by bread alone.

something that you say which means people need things such as art, music and poetry as well as food, in order to live a happy life
Usage notes: This phrase comes from the Bible.
Our cultural heritage is important. Man cannot live by bread alone.
See also: alone, bread, cannot, live, man

go it alone

Undertake a project, trip, or responsibility without the aid or presence of others. For example, If you decide not to help, I'll just go it alone. [Mid-1800s]
See also: alone

laugh and the world laughs with you

Keep your sense of humor and people will sympathize with you, as in She's always cheerful and has dozens of friends; laugh and the world laughs with you. This expression actually is part of an ancient Latin saying that concludes, weep and the world weeps with you. The current version, with the ending weep and you weep alone (meaning "you'll get no sympathy in your sorrow"), first appeared in 1883 in Ella Wilcox's poem "Solitude." O. Henry used a slightly different version: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and they give you the laugh" ( The Count and the Wedding Guest, 1907).
See also: and, laugh, world

leave someone alone

Also, let someone alone. Refrain from disturbing or interfering with someone. For example, She'll manage very well if you just leave her alone, or Stop teasing the dog; let him alone. [c. 1400] Also see leave one in peace; let alone; let be.
See also: alone, leave

leave well enough alone

Also, let well enough alone. Do not try to change something lest you make it worse. For example, This recipe has turned out fine in the past, so leave well enough alone. The idea behind this expression dates from ancient Greek times, specifically Aesop's fable about a fox who refused a hedgehog's offer to take out its ticks lest, by removing those that are full, other hungry ones will replace them. Put as let well alone from the early 1700s, it was first recorded as let well enough alone in 1827. Also see let sleeping dogs lie.
See also: alone, enough, leave, well

let alone

2. Not to mention, as in We have no room for another house guest, let alone an entire family. [c. 1800]
See also: alone

let alone

Not to mention; much less: "Their ancestors had been dirt poor and never saw royalty, let alone hung around with them" (Garrison Keillor).
See also: alone
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