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leave word (with someone)
Fig. to leave a message with someone (who will pass the message on to someone else). If you decide to go to the convention, please leave word with my secretary. Leave word before you go. I left word with your brother. Didn't he give you the message?
leave word (with somebody)
to give someone a message If I can't get back in time I'll leave word with Susan.
Leave a message, as in Please leave word at the desk when you check out, or I left word abut my plans with the secretary; didn't she tell you? This expression employs word in the sense of "information," a usage dating from the 10th century.