leave someone alone

leave (someone or something) alone

To not interact with or bother someone or interfere with something. Come on, she didn't do anything to you. Leave her alone. At a certain point, you have to just leave the painting alone instead of continuing to make changes to it. I know you're trying to help, but I'd really rather just be left alone right now.
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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.
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Strange the things I remember, or in some cases only half remember, like being told to leave someone alone as the guy was dead.
Enrica says they are as close as sisters and never argue because they know each other so well they know when to leave someone alone or when to offer a shoulder to cry on.
You understand when people want to be talked to, when you need to leave someone alone, when you need someone to feel better," says Wroth.
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