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leave off something

to quit something. DI have to leave off working for a while so I can eat. I left off reading and went downstairs for supper.
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leave off

1. Stop, cease; also, stop doing or using. For example, Mother told the children to leave off running around the house, or Please use a bookmark to show where you left off reading. [c. 1400]
2. leave something off. Omit, as in We found she had left off our names.
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leave off

v.
1. To fail to include something or someone in something, as a list; omit something or someone: We left them off the guest list because of their behavior at our last party. You've left off a zero from the end of this number.
2. To stop doing or using something: I picked up my book and began reading from where I left off. I left off writing my term paper and watched TV for a while.
3. To deliver something or someone to a place while underway somewhere else: I'll leave you off at my parents' house on the way to my house. My car wouldn't start after I left off the kids at school.
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References in classic literature ?
This, no doubt, will seem pathetically naive to most modern young men, who in this respect begin where I leave off.
These two vexations combined might well make him leave off eating and drinking.
If you should ever get so far as this in this long letter, you will perhaps say, Surely Little Dorrit will not leave off without telling me something about her travels, and surely it is time she did.
In compiling this list of "Industrial Strength Movies," it was a matter of what to leave off as opposed to what to include.
Video conferencing picks up where email, instant messaging and phones leave off, connecting people in a whole new way over the Internet with face to face discussions as if you're in the same room," said SightSpeed CEO Peter Csathy.
Palmtop PCs pick up where pocket organizers leave off.