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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 (doing something)

to stop doing something Mr. Summers finally left off talking and returned to his seat. We'll pick up the story where we left off yesterday.
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leave off something

to forget or omit something All the names beginning with "R" were left off the list.
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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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When questioned about whether they'd like to be given the opportunity to leave something off their order they know they're not going to eat, 8/10 women and 7/10 men said they would and they'd be willing to pay the same price.
It's much harder to leave something off a plate than to put it on.
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